Karl Robinson was quietly pleased with his side after his side’s 2-0 win over Northampton Town.
Although only the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Robinson put out a strong squad to face Cobblers.
The slow first half was brought to life with Ishem Demontagnac’s sending off, while second half goals from Patrick Bamford and Dele Alli put the result beyond doubt.
Robinson said: “We had the chances to put the game even further out of reach and we didn’t take them, but everyone was on the edge of their seats in the second half.
“It was a good night for us, it gives the fans bragging rights and it was good to put a performance on.
“The pleasing thing for me is the effort they put in tonight. There was an edge to the players tonight.”
Jason Banton put both goals on for Dons, setting up Bamford and Alli within five minutes of each other, and was a handful for both Northampton full backs as he floated from flank to flank.
But Robinson still thinks he should be doing more in games.
He said: “He’s frustrating, Jason, because the fans can see what he can do but he doesn’t do it enough. We need to see it more often.”
He did praise keeper Ian McLoughlin though. At 0-0, he made a fine stop from Jacob Blyth to keep the scores level. And after a tough week, which saw him cruelly on the end of four goals at Sunderland, Robinson is delighted with how be bounced back.
“He was unlucky at the Stadium of Light,” said Robinson. “But he’s as good as it gets as a number two putting the pressure on our number one.
“He had a bit of banter with the fans behind the goal, but he can take care of himself!”