KARL Robinson praised his teenage stars after Dons’ 5-1 hammering of Colchester on Saturday.
Patrick Bamford, Zeli Ismail and Ibra Sekajja all made their debuts for Dons, and all three made big impressions, with Bamford starting and having a hand in three of the goals.
And already, Robinson is looking to extend the signings of both Bamford and Ismail beyond the January transfer window.
“I’m pleased because I don’t think Colchester are bad side,” Robinson said. “They held up the ball really well in the first half, but we always thought we had a good side. I was fearful that when teams pressed us, we didn’t have a threat in behind.
“But in the last three or four weeks, with Zeli, Ibra and Patrick, we’ve added some electric pace and they look frightening.
“I know how good Patrick is. I’ve seen him three or four times now, and I think you’ve seen that the recruitment team have brought in the right players. The loans have all been good loans and injected a lot of pace.
“Patrick has the number nine shirt now and he’ll keep it until his form dips. Zeli will have to wait because Bowditch, Balanta and Chadwick have been magnificent, Powell will have to wait when he comes back too.
“But it’s great when you have good players. We’ve got the chance to extend the two loans in January, and there will be phone calls made to hopefully keep them.”
But it wasn’t just the teenagers who impressed in the drubbing. Luke Chadwick was sensational once again as he ran the show and picked up another two goals, while Ryan Lowe scored the pick of the bunch to wrap it up at 5-1.
Robinson praised the attitude of the striker, who just last month was linked to a move away from the club.
Robinson said: “Ryan Lowe is a good footballer and every player goes through barren spells. He’s a goal-scorer, he’s got three this season but he’s beginning to chip in now and I’m sure he’ll get more as the season goes on.
“We’ve got Charlie and Alan Smith who weren’t involved today, Zeli, Ibra, Patrick and Powell – who wasn’t involved too.”
Lowe’s former Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Jon Otsemobor was arguably the most popular goal-scorer on the day though, heading home his first for the club before being piled on by his team-mates.
In a career plagued by injury, Robinson believes he’s getting the best out of the full-back with his new, improved fitness regime.
“We’ve not had a proper right-back in a while at this club,” he said. “We told him to get into the box, and he’s made a real difference.
“He has had a tough career with his injuries, but he has listened to the team here and gone out and bought machines for his home to keep himself on the pitch.”