Dons get their rewards with Owls victory

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Karl Robinson feels the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night was their just desserts after missing out against Ipswich at the weekend.

Going down 1-0 as they did on Saturday to the Tractor Boys despite dominating long periods of the game, Dons bounced back in emphatic fashion three days later to lead 2-0 against the Owls through Carl Baker and Nicky Maynard.

Gary Hooper’s strike 13 minutes from time left for a nervy finale, but Dons held on to climb back out of the relegation zone and up to 20th.

“The players have been sensational lately and we have to sustain it in the coming weeks.

“The quality Wednesday possess is phenomenal, but that’s as good as 45 minutes as we’ve had from a Championship perspective. They’re a top six team who have spent millions.

“This league is so unforgiving and it’s almost impossible at times when you see the quality they can bring on.

“It’s important when we look at it, we have over-performed. I can literally ask for anything more from the players and they cannot give me any more.

“It’ll be like this all year. We have to remain level headed, but we’ll never take our foot off the gas. We need to win more games than we did in the first half of the season hopefully that’ll see us through.”

Maynard was not only on the scoresheet but added an assist too for Baker’s 25th minute opener.

Scoring only his second goal in Dons colours, Robinson believes the striker, who joined on a free transfer in September, is beginning to find his feet again and could be the difference between staying up and going down.

He said: “A goal and an assist: if he maintains that, he can be the difference between going down and staying up.

“We have all the components to stay up, we just need to improve in both boxes. The big components did really well.”