Karl Robinson isn’t counting his chickens just yet even though his side could go three points clear if they win their games in hand.
Dons’ 1-0 win over Port Vale on Saturday, twinned with results going in their favour elsewhere, mean the team from MK1 could go three points clear of current League 1 leaders Bristol City should they win their three games in hand.
But having played just 15 games out of 46, Robinson is keen to keep everyone’s feet on the ground, even though the table makes for good reading.
“We’ve kept nine clean sheets now,” said Robinson. “And we only kept 12 all last season, and we’ve scored more goals.
“We’re twice as good as we were last year. But you get nothing at this time of year.
“There were some interesting results from what I’ve heard, but now we need to concentrate on the next game.
“We play one game in hand on Tuesday, and if we make the most of it, it’ll put us in a good position to compete.
“There’s a lot of football still to be played, but you can only judge us by the results.”
Carl Baker’s strike after just three minutes was enough to secure victory for Dons at stadium:mk as they looked in total control.
“We brought him in because he’s a very good player. I like him because he goes forwards. He’s not fully fit yet, he still has a bit to do. We have a wealth of quality out wide at the moment.
“It was difficult, because Port Vale have some really good players. It was a fairly safe afternoon.”
Vale’s chances weren’t helped by Chris Lines’ moment of madness on the stroke of half time. Reacting to a foul by Dele Alli, the former Dons loanee head butted the 18-year-old to earn him a straight red card.
Robinson though said it was completely out of character for a player he once oversaw, and added that Alli did well not to react in kind.
He said: “I want to go on record and say that’s not in (Lines’) character. We shouldn’t judge him on that, it’s just the red mist. He made contact with Dele, but he didn’t make a meal of it.
“He just crouched down and let the melee pass. He coped well.”