The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smedley

KARL Robin­son show­ered praise on his im­pres­sive Dons fol­low­ing an in­cred­i­ble sec­ond half that rained goals at Barns­ley.

Robin­son's early pro­mo­tion-chasers stormed into a 5-0 lead and were threat­en­ing to score even more be­fore the Tykes staged a brave rally in the fi­nal ten min­utes, bag­ging three goals of their own.

It was the Dons who com­fort­ably held on for the vic­tory, how­ever, and they con­tinue to look a de­cent bet for pro­mo­tion thanks to a sixth vic­tory in eight games in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this term

“We rode our luck in the open­ing ten min­utes, but after that we were quite su­perb at times,” said Robin­son.“I cer­tainly can't moan about any other el­e­ments of the per­for­mance.

“Yes, Barns­ley came back with the three goals right at the end, and credit to them for that, but two of them were worldies that we could never have done any­thing about.

“We scored some won­der­ful goals too. Some of the team­work and in­ter­play was bril­liant. Be­fore the game I don't think any­one would have ex­pected us to score five goals at Barns­ley.This is al­ways a tough place to come and get a re­sult, so in many ways this re­sult is a state­ment of in­tent.”

The Dons were good value for their 2-0 lead at half-time. The wood­work saved the vis­i­tors early on, how­ever, when new­ly­crowned League One Player of the Month Conor Houri­hane side-footed a shot against the out­side of a post.

Robin­son's men went in front in the 33rd minute. Mark Ran­dall's 25-yard piledriver was too hot for 'keeper Adam Davies to han­dle, and Arse­nal loan man Benik Afobe pounced on the re­bound, stab­bing home his sixth goal of the sea­son.

Davies re­deemed him­self with a smart save from Dean Bowditch's crash­ing vol­ley, but he could do lit­tle to keep out Samir Car­ruthers' strike in stop­page-time.

Car­ruthers smashed su­perbly into the roof of the net from 12 yards after an ex­cel­lent cross from Dele Alli.

The sec­ond-half proved to be a good old­fash­ioned goal-fest at a stunned Oak­well. Alli made it 3-0 to the Dons when he clipped a neat ef­fort past Davies, while sub Will Grigg made it four when he robbed the dither­ing Paul Digby be­fore smash­ing home.

The Tykes' mis­ery was seem­ingly com­plete when fel­low sub Ben Reeves made it 5-0 as he side-footed past Davies fol­low­ing a pin­point cross from Dan Pow­ell.

How­ever, the hosts ral­lied and the in-form Houri­hane cracked in two 25-yard drives to make it 5-2.

When De­vante Cole headed home to re­duce the deficit back to two, the few re­main­ing home fans started to be­lieve, but the fight­back came too late.

Tykes boss Danny Wilson said: “That was strange, very strange in fact. I couldn't be­lieve it when were 5-0 down, and to be hon­est I'm not re­ally that dis­ap­pointed.

“We can do bet­ter of course, but some things were good, it wasn't all bad.We know we can do much bet­ter, so now it's about when we made mis­takes, where we made them, and what we can do now to go and rec­tify them.”

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