RYAN IS CLASS ACT AS DONS RUN RIOT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ryan Daly

RYAN COL­CLOUGH was the star of the show for MK Dons as he bagged an im­pres­sive hat-trick in a rout against be­low-par Fleet­wood, prompt­ing man­ager Karl Robin­son to hail his side’s per­for­mance.

Dean Bowditch also added from the penalty spot for MK Dons, while a con­so­la­tion goal from Bobby Grant was too lit­tle too late for the hosts as they suf­fered a de­feat for the sec­ond week in a row.

Robin­son said: “He (Col­clough) is some player. We have al­ways had a class act winger here with Josh (Mur­phy) the year be­fore and I wish I could have had the two wingers that I wanted, who are also at that level.

“It’s a re­ally pleas­ing af­ter­noon to come here in the back of Septem­ber, in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions and get the win.

“We have per­formed bril­liantly and to come away with a 4-1 win is great, which is the most im­por­tant thing at this point in the sea­son.”

Uwe Rosler’s men had the first chance of the game, a quick pass­ing move from left to right saw the ball land at the feet of Ash­ley Hunter, a right-footed cross was headed marginally over the bar by the blonde hair of David Ball.

Mo­ments af­ter that first at­tack of the game came the first goal.

A dart­ing run down the left by Col­clough even­tu­ally saw his shot from the cor­ner of the box end up in the back of the net via a de­flec­tion. Just past the hour mark MK Dons kicked into over­drive, a mist­imed chal­lenge by Jimmy Ryan brought down Bowditch in the box giv­ing ref­eree Robert Jones the easy de­ci­sion to award a penalty.

Up stepped Bowditch who sent Chris Neal the wrong way to dou­ble the Dons ad­van­tage. Robin­son’s men con­tin­ued to press the home side.

A long kick from goal­keeper David Martin was picked up by Col­clough who car­ried the ball all the way into the box be­fore drilling past keeper Neal at his front post.

A minute later Fleet­wood pulled a goal back. A cross-cum-shot by Grant hit the in­side of the left post be­fore loop­ing over Martin in the Dons goal to bring the Cod Army back in with a shout.

With mo­ments of the game re­main­ing the Dons were awarded an­other penalty kick.

Col­clough slot­ted the ball into the bottom left cor­ner to com­plete his hat­trick, as well an im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the young­ster.

Fleet­wood man­ager Rosler was left frus­trated by the re­sult and his side’s per­for­mance.

He said: “I think over­all we played a very good game and I think that we were a lit­tle bit bet­ter than them but they just took their chances.

“Ev­ery goal we con­ceded was in­di­vid­ual er­rors and we were given a re­al­ity check.”

PIC­TURES: Richard Parkes

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