Robbo’s delighted to return to winning ways

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Dons are well and truly over their dip now, according to manager Karl Robinson, as his side brushed Oldham aside 3-1 at Boundary Park.

Dean Bowditch, Daniel Powell and Ben Reeves were all on the score sheet for Dons as they picked up their first win in four matches to stay fourth in League 1.

It was a very classy performance, we didn’t scrape it today.

Karl Robinson

Having lost three in a row before picking up a point on Saturday against Walsall, Robinson said his side responded in the only way they know how on Tuesday - with victory.

“After the run we’d been on, four points from the two games would’ve been acceptable, but we went out to win both games,” he said. “We’ve taken criticism recently but we’ve responded in the only way we can.

“In the first half we were magnificent, but it should have been a lot more.

“Grigg has missed four sitters, but his work ethic was phenomenal. Lewis Baker showed tremendous maturity and Samir Carruthers has really grown into that position. I thought we were good, very very good.

“It was a very classy performance, we didn’t scrape it today. I don’t think anybody here can take this one away from us.

“I felt we were over our dip after the Walsall game. We had a lot of confidence in our play and we moved the ball around very well.”

But Dons were sometimes guilty of under-playing against Oldham, and while they never really looked in trouble against the hapless Latics, could have thrown away their lead in the first half with a couple of Jonathan Forte chances.

Robinson said: “At times, we thought the game was easier than it was and we didn’t defend with the same tenacity we usually do.

“We have had to talk about the negatives recently, but we’ve come to two very difficult places and got points.”

With victories for Bristol City, Preston and Swindon, Dons remain fourth, six points adrift of the final automatic promotion spot. But Robinson is counting on the return of two players in the next couple of weeks to swing things in his side’s favour with nine games to go.

“The top four all won,” he said. “We keep going, it’s as simple as that. There are some very difficult fixtures still to be played for all of us.

“And we’ve got Darren Potter and Dele Alli still to come back into this side.”