Record-breaking Dons were ‘sensational’

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Seven goals, a new club record and a team in the automatic promotion spots - Happy Christmas from Karl Robinson.

The 7-0 deconstruction of Oldham Athletic at stadium:mk on Saturday was not just a return to form, but an emphatic reminder that, despite not playing to the best of their abilities in recent weeks, Dons are still right in the thick of the title race.

“We were sensational,” said Robinson in the aftermath. “The energy and the quality... But that’s not against a team who are at the bottom of the league. Two managers told me this week that Oldham were the best they’ve played this season.

“I knew we’d win today, but I couldn’t say it. The way we’ve trained this week has been incredible.

“The players are sponges at the moment, and they use the stuff we tell them in the right way.”

With seven goals came six different goal-scorers - Will Grigg bagged a brace, while there were goals for Dean Bowditch, Dele Alli, Darren Potter, Benik Afobe and Carl Baker.

There were also missed chances which would have added even more misery to Oldham’s already beleaguered manager Lee Johnson, who could only watch on from the sidelines as his team capitulated.

Robinson praised his front four, which also included a rejuvenated Samir Carruthers, and gave a special mention to Dean Bowditch for scoring only his second goal of the season.

He said: “Dean Bowditch has been through a difficult period, and it brought a tear to our eyes. To perform the way he did is admirable.

“With Samir Carruthers and Will Grigg, the front four were unplayable. We were just ruthless in every area of the pitch.”

But with defeats for Swindon and Bristol City leaving Dons just a point from the top of League 1 with a game in hand, Robinson was keen to put a halt on any talk of promotion just yet, pointing out that the season isn’t even at it’s half way stage yet.

“Let’s wish everyone a Happy Christmas!” he said. “Because that’s where we are, we’re not even half way through yet.

“We have a lot of work still to do. We’re in a good position.

“We’re not nicking games, we’re convincingly dominating the games. We knew today would be a challenge, but the fans can certainly celebrate.

“It’s important that we keep doing the right things.”