Karl Robinson was delighted with the impact of his new players in Dons’ opening day victory over Gillingham at stadium:mk on Saturday.
After falling 2-0 down after half an hour, Danny Green turned provider for all four goals, crossing for two own-goals and providing headers for Will Grigg and Kyle McFadzean to complete a remarkable comeback for Dons.
“It’s nice to celebrate four goals in one game,” said Robinson afterwards. “I think we only scored five at home after the transfer window closed last season! We haven’t done this for a while.
“Teams come here and sit off us, and defend the edge of the box. That’s the thinking behind bringing Danny Green in.
“ All the assists came from him, and the new players Kyle and Grigg scored, and Hitchcock and Afobe got time on the pitch too.”
But at 2-0 down, courtesy of goals from Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell, it could’ve been a different story, had Kortney Hause not converted into his own net five minutes before the break.
McDonald, who brushed past a lackluster challenge from McFadzean to score the opener, looked particularly influential for the visitors, but a nasty clash with Antony Kay saw him leave the field on a stretcher after a lengthy delay, prompting the start of Dons’ seven-minute master class, which saw them score three times.
Robinson said: “It could’ve been oh so different. The fans were sensational for us at 2-0, but we didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down.
“Kyle admitted to making the mistake (for the first goal). But there were components in that first half that just weren’t good enough. But overall, there were more positives than negatives.
Our play was so good in the first half that we deserved a bit more. I felt that if we kept going on the front foot, and kept doing the right things we’d come out OK.
“I didn’t say anything negative at half time, I told Kay and McFadzean to be stronger, for obvious reasons, but collectively there was nothing wrong in the first half.”
And while Dons may be sitting at the right end of the table with a game played, Robinson knows there are more pressing matters to be dealt with in a matter of days.
He said: “It’s a really nice start to the season, but there will be many more obstacles along the way, with AFC and Peterborough coming up now.”