SEVEN UP FOR BUZZING DONS

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

KARL ROBIN­SON was run­ning out of su­perla­tives to de­scribe MK Dons’ thump­ing of Old­ham – but was quick to point out his side have won noth­ing just yet de­spite climb­ing into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places in time for Christ­mas.

Will Grigg and Dean Bowditch had MK Dons 2-0 up at half-time as they looked like coast­ing to an 11th league game un­beaten.

But few could have ex­pected what was to hap­pen as Grigg added a sec­ond be­fore Dar­ren Pot­ter, Dele Alli, Benik Afobe and Carl Baker all net­ted.

The re­sound­ing vic­tory cou­pled with Swin­don’s de­feat at the hands of Don­caster means MK Dons moved up to sec­ond in the ta­ble, but Robin­son knows noth­ing is won by Christ­mas.

“I thought we were sen­sa­tional,” Robin­son said. “The en­ergy and the qual­ity was ex­cel­lent.

“I re­ally thought that that front four were un­playable.We missed a lot of chances, and I don’t want to be dis­re­spect­ful to the op­po­si­tion, but were ruth­less in ev­ery area of the pitch.

“We’ve had a coach­ing ses­sion all week about ball ro­ta­tion and the play­ers are just sponges – they have an abil­ity to ab­sorb things and use ev­ery­thing in the right way.

“We’re only at Christ­mas and we still have not even played half of the games yet so we have an aw­ful lot of work still to do here

“We are in a good po­si­tion. We’re not scrap­ping games 1-0, we’re con­vinc­ingly dom­i­nat­ing games.

“I’m so happy for our fans – they can cer­tainly go and cel­e­brate.”

Grigg fired in an opener from a free-kick after Old­ham goal­keeper Paddy Kenny picked up Genseric Kusunga’s back pass.

And just be­fore half-time it was 2-0 as Bowditch tapped home Baker’s cross.

Four min­utes after the restart Grigg smashed in his sec­ond of the game be­fore Pot­ter curled in his first goal of the sea­son from Grigg’s clever lay-off.

Alli added a fifth when he col­lected the ball from the half­way line, surged into the box and curled the ball sweetly past a de­spair­ing Kenny.

And Afobe and Baker added late strikes to leave Old­ham boss Lee John­son in apolo­getic mood.

“I think I am go­ing to have to take this one on the chin, per­son­ally,” John­son said. “I’m very dis­ap­pointed, ob­vi­ously, and I’m very apolo­getic to every­body at the foot­ball club. But we have come up against a very, very good side who have ex­posed us, our flaws and our per­son­al­ity.

“The big­gest dis­ap­point­ment is that I never thought one of my sides would get beat 7-0.

“I want to thank our fans be­cause they have been fan­tas­tic and we have to close ranks now.

“I just feel that given our league po­si­tion that it is still pos­si­ble to turn this around.

“But you can trust me in that I will work non-stop as I do, all hours of every­day to try and put the last two games right.

“I knew it would be dif­fi­cult to come here and put on a per­for­mance after last week­end.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

GIVE ME A HUG: Will Grigg of MK Dons cel­e­brates the open­ing goal. In­set: Benik Afobe scores the sixth STAR MAN WILL GRIGGS MKDons

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