Barker deserves credit for Dons victory

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Karl Robinson praised his assistant Richie Barker for preparing the Dons side in the vital 2-1 win over Swindon Town on Saturday.

Assistant manager Barker was charged with setting the team up and preparing them for the League 1 clash on Thursday, and it certainly paid off as second half goals from Dele Alli and Antony Kay saw the home side come from behind to win.

“Richie Barker had a massive influence on today,” said Robinson. “He has turned these players around for this game, and it really struck home. You saw a team with bite and energy and fluency and unpredictably. We put a lot of effort into this game.

“I would’ve paid to come and watch this game today. Football gets criticised a lot, but I don’t think any fan of football would question the quality of football on display today.

“I don’t think we gave them an inch today. The disappointing thing for me was to concede against the run of play. I don’t think they had much dominance in our final third in the first half.

“All the players were magnificent today.

“I’ve enjoyed watching Swindon play in the build up to this game, I like how they play and how Mark Cooper sets them up to play. It has been a good day all round.”

Daniel Powell was a stand-out performer for the home side as he terrorised Swindon on the Dons left.

The enigmatic Powell receives mixed reviews from the Dons fans, but few would’ve questioned his influence on proceedings.

Robinson said: “I see what you all see, but on days like today, you find me another player who is that dominant in this league.”