Keanu boost ahead of Brighton clash

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WONDER kid Kenau Marsh-Brown will stay at Dons until the end of the season, and boss Karl Robinson is over the moon about it.

The Fulham teenager has been a hit on the pitch since joining on transfer deadline day, and Robinson couldn’t hide his delight in extending his loan deal to include the play-offs - should Dons get there.

“I’m thrilled that first of all he wants to be here,” he said. “It shows that all the work everyone at the club is doing is right.

“He’s still young, and you can see that. He tires late in games, but we‘re made up.

“And the agreement includes the play-offs if we get where we want to be. He’s a wonderful player, with tremendous ability and talent, and gives us a great threat in the final third.”

Robinson admitted that the possibility of extending Marsh-Brown’s loan saw David Amoo made surplus to requirements.

He said: “We can’t keep that number of players in the position we’re in, but David did well while he was here, and was a good representative of Liverpool Football Club. But we have Keanu until the end of the season which I’m more than happy with.”

Rowan Vine could also extend his loan for a further month, but Robinson said that it would be down to the discretion of parent club QPR, who are already helping out covering Vine’s wages.

Robinson said: “I think I can have another month, maybe until the end of April. But that will be down to QPR. It will be due to wages, because we have to do right by them - they’ve done me a massive favour.

“Rowan has come here and done a magnificent job. He did a ‘Come Dine with Me’ piece with some of the players. “He’s really fitted in well, and added to an already great spirit in the dressing room.”

Saturday’s clash with league leaders Brighton is as important a game as they come. Earlier in the season, Dons travelled to the Withdean Stadium and never got going in a game dominated by Kazenga LuaLua. But Robinson is expecting a much better performance from his side this time around.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “We have a game that I cannot wait for - I’m like a kid at Christmas.

“They’ve done a tremendous job, spend money wisely and won games well which has propelled them to the top of the league.

“We had to travel on the day of the game and it took us three hours to get there. LuaLua scored one and set one up, so remove him and it was a stalemate.

“We hope to have Sam Baldock available on the bench, and Jabo Ibehre and Dan Woodards we will find out about on Friday.

“It should be a game good enough to grace any league and a great spectacle for everyone”

Another QPR loan signing, Angelo Balanta, began training again this week after an ankle injury which has ruled him out since the middle of November. And Robinson can’t wait to get him back out on the pitch, adding even more attacking flair to Dons’ line-up.

“Angelo is still three or four weeks away,” he said. “I rave over the boy. I’m a fan of football, and you watch players and think ‘what a player.’ I can’t wait to see his dancing feet appear in our kit again.

“He has great balance and poise and quality. He’s driving me nuts on the touchline too. He’s a nuisance when he’s injured!”