Robbo’s determined to go top

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Dons will go to Scunthorpe with nothing else on their minds other than going top of the league.

Manager Karl Robinson had to watch from the stands as his side scored two second half goals to beat Barnsley 2-0 at stadium:mk on Saturday, moving them within three points of top spot.

And playing on Tuesday night away at 19th place Scunthorpe, Dons will hit the summit should they pick up all three points.

“We will do what we can do in the next 48 hours and do our best to make that happen,” said Robinson. “We know it’ll be difficult, but if we want to be successful, we have to go there with the right attitude.”

Robinson brushed aside criticism of his side’s patient approach in the first half against Barnsley, saying it was part of their game plan to frustrate the visitors before kicking on in the second period.

Goals from Dele Alli and Will Grigg were enough to sent the Tykes packing, though it could have been so much more but for a refereeing howler from the officials.

Grigg thought he’d fired Dons into the lead 11 minutes before the break after Alli hit the post, only to be flagged offside - a decision Robinson said was wrong.

“We’ve had the worst decision I’ve ever seen at stadium:mk, apart from the Stephen Gleeson sending off against Peterborough.

“Will Grigg was four yards onside when he scored in the first half. They’ve got to get them right. They fined me, but they’ve got to take responsibility too.

“Their manner at half time was very good, but they’ve got to get it right.

“It’s quite ironic, I was sat a few rows back from Howard Webb!

“I thought we were excellent in the first half. They didn’t have a chance. We knew we couldn’t get around them in the first half, so we said be patient. When we tried to force it, we made errors.

“We felt we were fitter than them, so if we could stay in the game, we could make a difference and do something special. The fans would rather us score in front of them. We do it on purpose!”

Jonson Clarke-Harris and Devante Cole both made substitute appearances after signing for Dons within the last eight days, and both got the crowd out of their seats by creating some excellent opportunities late in the day.

And Robinson feels their impact on the side has been felt by everyone in the squad.

He said: “We’ve managed to keep one great striker and bring in two more. I saw Carl Baker tweeted how happy he was with the two signings.

“It was very poignant, bringing in two young players and the senior players are excited.”