‘Perfect’ performance from Dons to win at Wolves

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Karl Robinson described Dons’ performance as ‘perfect’ as his side ran out of Molineux 2-0 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Ben Reeves straddled half time to put Dons in a commanding position as they angled for their first win away from stadium:mk since August 31 and the 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

With the crowd silenced, Dons looked comfortable throughout the second period as they coasted to victory - much needed after picking up just one league win in their last six.

The manager said: “To come here and win 2-0 is arguably the most perfect performance you’ll see from anyone here this season. I think it’s one of the most perfect performances you’ll see in the country.

“It had everything I love about football. Passion, desire, quality, ball rotation, rotation as individuals, the quality of the goals, the great defending and two great sets of fans.

“We are very happy with the way we performed but we have to use it as a catalyst now for the rest of the season.

“You don’t just come here and win games, you’ve got to do the dirty stuff too. They didn’t have their shooting boots on today, but you have to have all these components working to win games here.

“We put the pressure on ourselves. We knew we couldn’t come here and lose because of the immense pressure we’d have for the Port Vale game next week. This team went back to basics. The solidarity in the team looked back.”

Where, in year’s gone by, Dons may have folded under the pressure of playing on the big stages around the country, their last two away wins have come in former Premier League grounds, and rather than please Robinson, he admitted it has been frustrating.

He said: “It’s nice, but the frustration comes from the fact that our last two away victories have come at Bramall Lane and now here.

“I know I’ve got the quality, but when the younger players play with fear, they don’t perform to the level they did today.

“I’ve installed a bit of grit. We’re now fearless. That’s the disappointing thing about this season.

“We’ve not a big team in this league, but we need to be more consistent.

“We don’t have the strength in depth and hopefully in forthcoming weeks, we can build on this performance and it’ll be something to take us forward.”

And with the two goals coming from his front two, Robinson said the partnership between Bamford, who scored his first in three, and Reeves, who got his second in as many games, is getting better with each passing game.

“They’ve got to produce goals,” he said. “Reeves is on form, and buzzing with confidence. The first goal came from a 20-pass move and Patrick needed that.

“He had a chat with Ian Wright and Robbie Fowler in the week so that would have helped him. He has a tremendous support mechanism.”