Dons go top, but there’s a long way to go

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Dons may have cruised to the top of League 1 with a comfortable 5-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, but Karl Robinson is trying to keep his feet on the ground.

Devante Cole scored twice at the Alexandra Stadium, which Dean Bowditch, Carl Baker and Daniel Powell chipping in for good measure to complete the rout.

And with Sheffield United downing Swindon 2-0 at Bramall Lane, Dons are left a point clear at the summit, with Bristol City not playing until Sunday.

“It’s nice to be top of the league at any point in the season,” said Robinson. “But there’s a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve got a lot of games to play and we’re not getting carried away with that others are doing around us.

“Bristol City at home next is a huge game for both teams.

“We have to keep our feet firmly on the ground. But it’s the top of the table clash. It’s a tremendous credit to everyone involved.”

Dons went into the game having never won at the Alexandra Stadium, and there was a different look to the side, with Bowditch, Powell and Cole forming a three-man front line.

But from the off, Dons looked comfortably the better side. It took just 12 minutes for Cole to bundle home the opener, and from there, it was one-way traffic for the away side.

Robinson said: “We’ve never won here and we came with an attitude of intent. Our attitude from the kick off from the first half really set our stall out.

“The weather was difficult, the pitch was hard and inconsistent, so to come here and get five goals is a real sign of intent.

“We changed our system a little bit. We knew coming up against three at the back would be hard, but the way we’ve worked all week shows how quickly we can learn.”

Cole swept home his second and Dons’ third, but was withdrawn early before he could complete his hat-trick.

After scoring his first goals for the club on his first start, Robinson praised the on-loan Manchester City star’s potential.

“He’s got tremendous ability,” he said. “And so many things he can improve as well. But he’s got what you can’t coach - the ability to arrive in the box at the right time. It’s a gift he’s been given, probably by his dad!

“But the bits outside the box we can sharped up. I’m excited by how good he can become.”