THE BAKER BOYS ARE FABULOUS
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.”
WILL POWER: Will Grigg scores the first of his two goals
JUMP FOR JOY: Lewis Baker celebrates
STAR MAN LEWIS BAKER MKDons