DONS ON SONG IN OAKWELL GOALFEST
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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MKDons JOB DON: Dele Alli puts MK Dons into a 3-0 lead