Karl Robinson admits he would have throttled Lewis Baker had he not scored Dons’ second in the 4-1 win over Notts County on Saturday.
Carl Baker fired Dons into a 63rd minute lead, before the on-loan Chelsea man raced clear to double the lead with a deft chip over County stopper Roy Carroll.
The whole stadium held it’s breath for what felt like 15 seconds.Karl Robinson
With Dean Bowditch screaming for the ball in support and the match poised at 1-0, Robinson admitted he would have given Lewis Baker a piece of his mind had the ball not dropped into the net.
“I’d have throttled him if it hadn’t gone in!” Robinson joked. “But you need an inner belief in your own ability and he has that.
“He almost flicked it up for himself, and the whole stadium held it’s breath for what felt like 15 seconds before it dropped in. He’s a special player.”
While Lewis Baker and midfield partner Samir Carruthers stood out in Dons’ second win in four days, there were plenty of other performances worthy of note, particularly those of substitutes Dean Bowditch and Will Grigg. Bowditch, who scored in midweek against Oldham, teed up Grigg to score Dons’ third, and the striker added a fourth in stoppage time to make the three points safe.
Robinson said: “The players were magnificent. I’m all about performance. I know people are about results, and I understand that but I’m about performance and a style, and a way of playing. It doesn’t always win us games, and we get criticised for that and the way we play.
“But when it comes together like it did today, it makes it worthwhile watching.
“The first 25 minutes were as good as I’ve seen for a long time. And we’ve become more ruthless too.
“You can imagine their back four’s reaction when we brought on Will Grigg and Dean Bowditch. The way we moved the ball about made it really difficult for them.
“They’ve played a lot recently, but we’ve got a lot of energy at the moment. Our game plan worked. We moved the ball round effortlessly and it was a joy to watch.
“The players deserve a lot of credit to get seven points from nine, having got none before that.”