KARL: WE WERE MAG­NIF­I­CENT!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mike Vim­pany

KARL Robin­son hailed his ‘mag­nif­i­cent’ MK Dons as two-goal Will Grigg helped keep their au­to­matic pro­mo­tion dream alive and KO’d Swin­don’s own top-two hopes.

The Dons brushed aside their hosts with a ram­pant sec­ond-half dis­play and would have won by more but for a su­perb per­for­mance from Swin­don goal­keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham.

Daniel Pow­ell opened the scor­ing on the hour be­fore top-scorer Grigg struck twice in the fi­nal 17 min­utes to seal the romp.

A de­lighted Robin­son, whose side are five points adrift of sec­ond-placed Pre­ston, said: “To come to Swin­don, one of our chief pro­mo­tion ri­vals, and pro­duce such a dom­i­nant per­for­mance was some achieve­ment.

“Ev­ery sin­gle player in our side de­served to wear the shirt, they were mag­nif­i­cent.

“Seventy two points nor­mally gets you in the play-offs. We’ve achieved that now – with seven matches still to go.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the club and this set of play­ers in par­tic­u­lar and now we must look for­ward to Scun­thorpe United on Tues­day night.”

The Dons would have put the game be­yond Swin­don’s reach in the open­ing 15 min­utes but for the hero­ics of Foder­ing­ham, who pulled off a string of fine saves.

Robin­son con­tin­ued: “Even though Grig­gsy got two goals for us in the sec­ond half, I thought their goal­keeper was man of the match.”

The Dons boss picked out spe­cial credit for his mid­field­ers, par­tic­u­larly Samir Carruthers, who was in­stru­men­tal in the sec­ond goal and had a su­perb match.

“I al­most had to find a place for him in the side, but Samir’s pro­duced some ter­rific per­for­mances of late and was out­stand­ing against Swin­don,” he added.

Swin­don be­gan well and fin­ished the first half strongly, with John Swift com­ing the clos­est with a cross-shot af­ter Ben Glad­win cre­ated dan­ger on the left.

Pow­ell gave the Dons the lead when he headed in from close range af­ter the in­spired Foder­ing­ham had saved from Grigg.

The vis­i­tors dou­bled their lead 12 min­utes later with the in­flu­en­tial Carruthers and Dele Alli in­volved. Carruthers and Alli com­bined down the left, set­ting up Grigg, who ri­fled a left-foot shot into the far cor­ner.

Dons, who leapfrogged Swin­don into third place, un­der­lined their su­pe­ri­or­ity with a third goal late on.

The pro­lific Griggs bagged his 17th goal of the sea­son af­ter some sloppy de­fend­ing by Branco.

Swin­don boss Mark Cooper, whose side were beaten 2-1 at Mil­ton Keynes in the au­tumn, re­fused to come down too hard on his play­ers.

Cooper’s side now face an up­hill battle to fin­ish in the top two, and he re­flected: “When you con­cede three at home you have to look at it. “I won’t be jump­ing up and down and scream­ing at the play­ers.

“That won’t help. I didn’t think we cre­ated enough.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ALL OVER: Will Grigg scores his sec­ond and MK Dons’ third goal to wrap up the im­pres­sive victory PIL­ING IN: MK Dons cel­e­brate Daniel Pow­ell’s opener

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