HOME grown talent is really beginning to pay off for Dons as two former academy stars scored the all important goals in the defeat of Charlton on Tuesday night.
Second half strikes from Daniel Powell and Sam Baldock were enough to beat the Addicks 2-0 as Dons tightened their grip on the League One play-off spots, widening the gap between them and the chasing pack.
Manager Karl Robinson was full of praise for both Powell, 19, and Baldock, 21, for the patience they have shown this season, and both are now reaping the rewards of biding their time at stadium:mk.
He said: “Dan Powell is building a great reputation for himself after being sent out on loan so many times.
“It’s really great to see people of the likes of Powell and Jabo Ibehre start to improve their technical game. They’ve always had the raw strength and power, but now they are adding goals to their other assets.
“And Sam is nicely contributing towards the back end of the season. He started off on fire, but has been hit with injuries in the last three of four months and he’s not quite there yet.”
Robinson believes that the result against Charlton, and in particular the scorers, was always the dream for Dons, and that the club’s plans are now coming to fruition.
He said: “It’s great winning a big fixture against Charlton at home, with two young players who have come through the ranks here in Milton Keynes - that was the dream two or three years ago, and it’s great for the football club.”