KARL Robinson was desperately watching the clock tick down as he led his side to a remarkable 4-2 victory over QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Taking a 2-0 advantage in at half time thanks to goals from Dean Lewington and Ryan Lowe, Dons sensationally went 4-0 up when Ryan Harley and Darren Potter hit the back of the net.
Jay Bothroyd and Fabio hit late consolation goals for QPR, but it wasn’t enough as Dons cruised into the fifth round for the first time.
“It’s a remarkable achievement,” said Robinson afterwards. “We all deserve this. It will live with us for a long, long time.
“We felt we had to play in a certain way, and we felt we they were going to have a lot of the ball. Granero and Faurlin were going deep and we had to prevent that. The quality had, we knew they could crucify us, so we knew we had to be in the game at half time, and then we could go out and enjoy it.
“But to be 2-0 at half time… did we deserve it? No. Did we deserve to win? Yes. We deserved to be in it.
“And to come to a Premier League club and put on a show like that in the second half was tremendous. But I’ll be honest, was I nervous in the last three or four minutes? Yes!
“I was desperate for the clock to go down! We’ve just won 4-2 at Loftus Road, so I’m not going to be too disheartened by how we defended!
“Today is a great day, but we’ve got Yeovil away now, and we have to prepare for them.
“I stayed at the club to get them out of this league, but days like this are special.”
Dons set an attendance record, brining 3,155 fans to Loftus Road – their biggest away following of all time. And Robinson said he was delighted to put on a show for them.
He joked: “I hope to see them all in Yeovil!
“Football fans get a lot of stick, but this is a massive outlay for the fans, so thank you so much.
“When you get behind us, the players won’t ever let you down.”
But while everyone will have their eye on another Premier League scalp in the fifth round, Robinson hinted a more local clash could be on the cards.
“Luton could be tasty!” he said. “It could be great. Whatever the next round throws at us, we’ll take it. It was a good day for us.”