Dele Alli is ‘on another planet’ says Robbo


Karl Robinson heaped praise on Dele Alli after a brilliant Dons performance saw them take all three points against Stevenage.

The 17-year-old looked unplayable at times as he terrorised the Stevenage defence from the left flank, playing a part in Patrick Bamford’s opening goal, and scored the third after 23 minutes to make the result beyond doubt with an outrageous strike while lying on his back.

“I’ve seen him to things in training that I’ve never seen before,” said Robinson afterwards. “He scores goals, he wins penalties, back heels, nutmegs, driving inside, winning headers and tackles. He’s got an air of arrogance and confidence about him.

“He’s one of the best young players in England - fact. I know how good he is. He’s got the England call and we’ll miss him, but he’s going from strength to strength.

“I think he’s better than Sam Baldock. He has more potential. I’ve seen nothing like Dele before.

“I’m desperate to keep him because I want to work with him. We chatted for a long time this week about things away from football. The kid will be one of the best, but he has to mature. He’s special. He’s on another planet compared to some other players.”

The performance at stadium:mk was one of confidence, showing no signs of disappointment after last week’s defeat to Peterborough.

And after his rallying call to his players to kill teams off earlier, they heeded his call.

Robinson said: “The way we moved the ball around in the first half was sensational. We changed a few things in the system after 10 minutes and it resulted in a comfortable victory.

“All the glory will go to the front four - Danny Green was sensational and it was his best performance in an MK Dons shirt. Powell coming on was great too. The back four were magnificent. It was a great team performance.

“I told the players at half time that I didn’t care about their goal. It didn’t happen. We were going to go out and get another one. We went out and had a go in the second half, and I don’t think it had an affect on us.”

And Robinson made a special mention to the crowd inside stadium:mk. A 45-minute long chant of “MK Army” from the Cowshed filled the nearly-complete stadium as the fans celebrated 10 years in Milton Keynes.

And Robinson said they played their part in spurring on his team this afternoon.

“That was the best I’ve heard them,” he said. “They’ve realised today how much they mean to us. The players were amazed.

“It’s not an AFC game, a play-off game or a but cup game. They were brilliant, spurring us on.

“When Stevenage scored, they made all the noise. It really does gee you up.

“Ten years of football in MK and we’ve come alive and come of age. We go to Gillingham next and see our old friend Martin (Allen) and we’re looking forward to it.”