THE BAKER BOYS ARE FAB­U­LOUS

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

MK DONS boss Karl Robin­son said his stars took his breath away af­ter victory over Notts County left Shaun Derry’s side hang­ing above the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The Dons turned on the style mid­way through the sec­ond half with goals from Carl and Lewis Baker in the space of ten min­utes.

El­liott White­house grabbed what proved to be a con­so­la­tion for the vis­i­tors be­fore Will Grigg net­ted twice late on to seal the Dons’ sec­ond win in a week.

“I think the play­ers and the fans were mag­nif­i­cent. When you see the play­ers’ re­ac­tions with the fans at the end it just shows what it means,” said Dons chief Robin­son.

“I’m over the moon with the way we played. I’m about the per­for­mance and not just the re­sults. I look at the per­for­mance and the style of the win.

“The first 25 min­utes were mag­nif­i­cent and I think we’ve be­come more ruth­less in our play – I’m re­ally pleased and I’m ex­cited about what this group can do.”

Carl Baker went close to putting the hosts ahead in­side 11 min­utes af­ter his curl­ing shot from the edge of the area sailed just wide.

And it was MK winger Daniel Pow­ell who forced County keeper Roy Car­roll into the first save of the af­ter­noon two min­utes later.

Pow­ell’s clever dinked ef­fort from the edge of the by-line forced the vet­eran stop­per to palm the ball just over the bar.

The busy Car­roll was needed again soon af­ter to deny Ben Reeves’ low strike from the edge of the area.

Dons keeper David Martin was fi­nally tested af­ter 52 min­utes from a Paddy McCourt free-kick.The for­mer Rochdale mid­fielder saw his 25-yard ef­fort palmed wide.

Car­roll was fi­nally beaten just af­ter the hour mark thanks to Carl Baker’s sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

The winger showed ex­cel­lent com­po­sure to guide the ball around the chal­lenges of a num­ber of County play­ers in their own area, find­ing space in the six-yard box and smash­ing home from close range.

And the hosts dou­bled their lead in the 74th minute as Lewis Baker lobbed over a help­less Car­roll, be­fore White­house poked home a con­so­la­tion for the vis­i­tors.

Grigg added the third and fourth for the Dons in the last six min­utes to put the ic­ing on the cake.

Derry blamed in­di­vid­ual mis­takes for his side’s de­feat, which leaves the Mag­pies one place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence.

“The game plan went to script in the first half,” he said. “But again, it’s in­di­vid­ual mis­takes that have cost us dearly. I can’t stand here again and keep on mak­ing ex­cuses be­cause there comes a point where we have to be judged – and, hon­estly, that was not good enough. “As a team per­for­mance, at least there were some pos­i­tives against a very good team.

“We had five very good chances.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

WILL POWER: Will Grigg scores the first of his two goals

JUMP FOR JOY: Lewis Baker cel­e­brates

STAR MAN LEWIS BAKER MK­Dons

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