KARL Robinson praised his goal scorers for their professionalism in the comfortable 3-0 win over Scunthorpe.
Veterans Luke Chadwick and Alan Smith all hit the net as Dons cruised to their first victory in five, and both were on top form as they helped guide the visitors at a freezing cold Glanford Park.
“It shows you the class of the two,” said Robinson. “They’ve played for some big clubs and they put in the effort and endeavour for the club as he would if he was playing for Manchester United against Chelsea tomorrow.
“And I’ve got a lot of players in that dressing room who are capable and worthy of playing at a higher level.
“That was a very professional performance, but Scunthorpe are a good side. They’re not that bad. It’s a difficult place to come. And it’s good to come here and get three goals and keep a clean sheet.”
Chadwick’s first goal came courtesy of a brilliant volley over Sam Slocombe in the Scunthorpe net and opened the floodgates for Dons to run wild. And Robinson admitted that the goal came as a huge relief for him – the first goal Dons had scored in three outings.
He said: “It wasn’t until we saw the ball stop that we realised it had gone in! It was a sense of relief for us all. This week has been the lowest we’ve ever been with this group of players.
“Two years ago, it was worse because we didn’t have the budget in the right place and we weren’t winning football matches. But now we’re in a perfect position, financially and as a group. You’ve seen that today we’ve got a great group of players.”
Chadwick had a chance to net his hat-trick with seven minutes remaining, but Slocombe, probably Scunthorpe’s man of the match, kept him out. But Robinson praised the role of Ryan Lowe in the build-up to the penalty kick.
He said: “Ryan Lowe, who by his own admission hasn’t had a great start to his MK Dons career, giving the penalty to Luke Chadwick to take it. That’s shows his quality too.
“It’s nice that we can send our fans home on the coach with three goals to talk about.”