Dons must find another gear to win automatic promotion

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Karl Robinson has urged everyone associated with MK Dons to find an extra gear as they moved within three points of automatic promotion with four games to go.

Dons’ 3-0 win at Fleetwood on Tuesday night, twinned with Preston blowing a two goal lead at home to Gillingham to draw 2-2 means Robinson’s men are within a win of Simon Grayson’s side with four games of the season remaining.

I told you we’re still in this, and I won’t stray from that.

Karl Robinson

But far from getting carried away - fist pumping at full time aside - Robinson has called on everyone involved with the club to give it their all between now and May 2.

He said: “One of the guys in the dressing room just said ‘let’s go.’ That’s it. Let’s go. If we’ve got another gear, we need to put it in now. Fans, staff, players, board, let’s find it.

“We’re on the edge of something very unique. This has been a remarkable season already. Four to go, 12 points, lets have a go!

“I’m not getting carried away. I told you we’re still in this, and I won’t stray from that. I’d have been dancing around the pitch a few years ago though!

“If Preston go up before us, or Swindon, you have to pat them on the back. We believe in ourselves, but so do the others.

“There will be a lot of nerves out there now. Three points in four games. They’ve got three games on the road and a game against Swindon. There’s a lot of football left. We’re excited by it.”

The win at the Highbury Stadium was pretty comfortable for Dons. Lewis Baker hit the bar in the first half for the away side, though Gareth Evans did too for Fleetwood as the sides went in goal-less at the break.

But a one-sided second period saw Lewis Baker, Will Grigg and Dele Alli make sure of all three points for the visitors.

“Everyone saw this as a difficult game for us,” Robinson said. “We knew we had to play to our best to get something out of the game. We’ve played really well tonight.

“We’ve won here without Samir Carruthers, Ben Reeves, Carl Baker and Dean Bowditch.”

Alli’s goal was the icing on the cake. On the day he was nominated as the Football League Young Player of the Year, Alli sent a rocket into the top corner from 18 yards, Robinson felt his young charge was the best player in the league.

He said: “He’s had so much hype, and then gets his injury. He’s been fighting to regain his form, but in the second half he has been the best he’s been for a while.

“I believe he’s the best player in the league. You don’t score 15, 16 goals from the centre of midfield if you’re an average player.”

Lewis Baker too added his third goal of his loan spell, making up another superb performance in the centre of the field. Robinson was full of praise for the Chelsea youngster.

“Lewis Baker plays off both feet, beyond the lines, between the lines, forwards, square back, he scores goals. He’s an unbelievable talent. And it’s one of my favourite goals of the season, starting with David Martin at the back there.”