DELE THE PICK AS THE DONS RUN RIOT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Harry Wilmin

KARL Robin­son couldn’t get enough of 18-year-old sen­sa­tion Dele Alli as he bagged his first pro­fes­sional hat-trick in a dom­i­nant MK Dons dis­play against Crewe.

Alli’s three goals helped earn the Dons max­i­mum points against Crewe to cap off a mem­o­rable week for the teenager, who was awarded the Foot­ball League’s Young Player of the Month award for Au­gust.

The home side did have to re­cover from an early set-back though as Kyle McFadzean headed into his own net to gift the vis­i­tors an in­stant lev­eller.

But Will Grigg net­ted to get them back on track be­fore Benik Afobe and Ben Reeves added to Alli’s strikes.

How­ever, Robin­son warned Alli to keep his feet on the ground if he wants to play at the high­est level.

“He han­dles pres­sure like it’s just a walk in the park for him. If he wants to play at the high­est level then he needs to be able to keep do­ing that,” he said.

“I don’t even have to talk about him, I just have to support him, help him and keep him happy.

“I think in ev­ery game this sea­son he has ei­ther scored or cre­ated a goal – I’ll never find another Dele Alli – he plays foot­ball like he’s run­ning around the school play­ground.

“The league ta­ble looks won­der­ful for seven days now, and it’ll be nice to look at the ta­ble as it gives you the mo­ti­va­tion to move onto the next game – I’m proud of them and they cer­tainly got it right.”

The hosts struck first inside three min­utes when Dar­ren Pot­ter re­acted quick­est to neatly play through Alli, who slot­ted home from close range.

Matt Too­tle smashed in a hope­ful cross mo­ments later, and de­fender McFadzean at­tempted to coolly head the ball back to keeper David Martin, only for the ball to de­spair­ingly loop over him.

How­ever, a Dean Bowditch cor­ner caused chaos amongst a Crewe de­fence that has al­ready shipped 15 league goals this sea­son and Grigg poked his side in front de­spite heroic ef­forts from Crewe on the goal line.

Alli headed a third and his sec­ond to add to his side’s lead from Ben Reeves’ cross after the restart. Afobe is im­press­ing the MK faith­ful on loan from Arse­nal, and he raced onto a long ball from Alli to smash his side into an in­creas­ingly com­fort­able lead.

Alli com­pleted his hat-trick after Tom Hitch­cock’s clever back-heel, com­pos­ing him­self and drilling a left-footed block­buster into the back of the net.

Reeves rounded off a re­mark­able dis­play and Crewe boss Steve Davis said: “We just didn’t play and there are ab­so­lutely no ex­cuses for that.

“We were so sec­ond best it was fright­en­ing at times.We didn’t have one player out there that re­ally did any­thing, and if you’ve got no­body any­where near the lev­els they should be then you’ve got prob­lems.

“I can make ex­cuses but I’m not go­ing to make any for that.

“It’ll be a re­ally long sea­son for us if we keep play­ing like that – we got ab­so­lutely bat­tered.”

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THREE AND EASY: Dele Alli bags a hat-trick as MK Dons de­mol­ish Crewe

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