Robbo has his eyes on the prize

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Karl Robinson has set his sights on reaching the 91 point mark this season after a sensational 6-1 demolition of Leyton Orient.

A rampant Dons side were ruthless against the hapless O’s, with a Rob Hall hat-trick the highlight of the afternoon.

If we go into the play-offs, I don’t think anyone will cope with us.

Karl Robinson

Twinned with Preston’s 2-2 draw against Port Vale on Friday night, Dons are now just a point behind Simon Grayson’s side in the fight for automatic promotion with three games to go.

And with 82 points already on the board, Robinson wants to win the remaining three to really force the issue.

“If we end up with 91 points and don’t go up, it’ll be remarkable,” he said. “We control our own destiny, but it’s hard when we’re chasing Preston.

“It’s a phenomenal run, it’s eight games without a defeat. But we’re up against Preston who are 16 without defeat.

“We had in our minds that we wanted to win all four games. If we do that, it puts pressure on Preston. We know how difficult it’ll be, we just need to make sure we do our job.

“On Tuesday, most of the crowd will be checking their phones to look at the Preston result. We can’t afford that to get into our mind-set. We’ve got some difficult games in Doncaster and Rochdale. We’re almost at the end, but if we go into the play-offs, I don’t think anyone will cope with us.”

Orient certainly couldn’t. Despite smothering Dons for the opening 20 minutes or so, Dons went ahead through Dean Bowditch after 22 minutes, sparking Dons into action. They were four up by the half as Rob Hall scored either side of a Will Grigg penalty - his second a sensational strike from range.

Hall completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark, before Jay Simpson’s individual consolation strike.

Dele Alli scored his second in as many games towards the end to put a bow on it.

For Robinson, it was as accomplished a performance as he’d have liked.

He said: “They made it very difficult for us in the opening 10 minutes or so, but our mentality was superb. Lewis Baker really pushed Rob Hall for Man of the Match.

“And I could even take off Darren Potter - it shows how confident I am if I can bring off my orchestrating midfielder - the man who dictates the game for me. It was a really good afternoon.”

Hall’s opener was cause for controversy though, with Grigg claiming he’d got a touch before it went in.

But by the end, he was awarded the match ball.

“We thought it was Grigg,” said Robinson. “Then we heard Lewis Baker on the speakers and he celebrated even though he was miles away. Griggy says he 100 per cent got a touch and will take it to the dubious goals panel. But he’s a goal-scorer so he’s never going to give it to him!

“He’s a young player and wanted to blend in, but it’s important to have that moment.”

As for the goal conceded, Robinson won’t be losing much sleep over it.

He joked: “To be honest, I don’t care! I don’t give two hoots if we win. Would we defend like that if we were winning 1-0, 2-0? No. But I understand their frustration. It’s about standards. The back four take tremendous pride in that.”