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