Robbo tips Bamford for the top

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Patrick Bamford will be terrorising defences in the Premier League one day according to Dons boss Karl Robinson.

Netting his second in as many games, the on-loan Chelsea teenager put Dons ahead after just six minutes with what Robinson described as a ‘wonder goal’ in the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Putting in his best performance since re-joining the club on loan in January, Bamford was withdrawn after a spat with Jack Baldwin which saw him booked. However, Robinson believes that he will grow out of that with age, and that he will be a big hitter on England’s biggest stage one day soon.

“Patrick Bamford is special, he is a talent,” Robinson said afterwards. “I think you’ve seen how they had to deal with him, it almost became assault at certain stages. The Premier League will definitely see the fruits of his talent one day.

“He’s young and he was a little bit of petulance that creeps in. He’d just been booked, and I didn’t want to take that chance and risk losing him on Monday. He leaves here in a positive frame of mind.”

Despite the comfortable win over League 1’s basement boys, Robinson wasn’t pleased with his side’s overall game. However, he still thinks Dons are in with a shout of the play-offs.

He said: “I didn’t think we were very good today, but it’s a win. You don’t get many easy games up here and it shows.

“I thought it was probably one of our worst displays of the season, but it’s a win. You don’t get many easy games up here in the north east.

“I don’t think we’ve shown today how good we can be, but it’s important from now on the players accept responsibility. I said six from eight, and it’s not five from seven. Results have gone our way as well, but all we can do is concentrate on ourselves.

“If we can put a performance in against a very good Brentford side on Monday and get the victory, it will put us in the mix. That’s the challenge that’s been set for the players.”