Best away performance in years delights Robbo

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Karl Robinson feels his side are now safely in the play-offs with a dominant 3-0 win over Swindon Town on Saturday.

In a spectacular display of control, Dons moved up to third in the table with seven games still remaining, now 12 points clear of Chesterfield in the last play-off spot.

I think we’re in the play-offs with seven games to go.

Karl Robinson

But the win also reduces the gap to Preston in second to just five points, with the Lilywhites still to face Bristol City and Swindon in the run-in.

“The dream is still alive, we’re not sinking yet,” said Robinson. “We’re still in this. I think we’re in the play-offs with seven games to go.

“It’s a remarkable achievement by this group of players. I want to surpass a few records now though.

“We’re one game away from a clean sheet record, and four goals away from a record too. This is my best season by a long way. This is as good as it gets.”

To a man, Dons were the better team against Swindon. While Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham kept the scoreline level at the break, and respectable on the grand scheme of things, Samir Carruthers ran the midfield for the visitors, while Daniel Powell and Will Grigg’s brace fired Dons up a place in League 1.

And it was a performance Robinson won’t forget for a long time.

He said: “We’re ecstatic in the dressing room. That’s our best away performances for years because of the level of the opposition. Sometimes you play well away, and get five like at Crewe, but to play against the likes of Swindon and get three against a team who pick teams off is remarkable.

“Every player deserved to wear our shirt. Our fans were magnificent, and that was for them. To beat Swindon home and away is as good as it gets. Not many teams can do that, but now we have to look forward to Scunthorpe.”