Robbo’s joy at five-star Dons

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Karl Robinson wasn’t too concerned with three late Barnsley goals after he watched his side run riot in the 5-3 win at Oakwell on Saturday.

Five different goal-scorers - Benik Afobe, Samir Carruthers, Dele Alli, Will Grigg and Ben Reeves - put Dons into an incredible 5-0 lead before the home side pulled three back late in the day to make the score appear slightly more balanced, when in truth, it was the MK Dons show for 80 minutes.

“Their goals game from a worldie and we switched off at a set piece,” said Robinson. “I’m not too despondent about that.

“We rode our luck in the first 10 minutes, but we couldn’t moan at any other element of that game.

“We were without Kyle McFadzean, Lee Hodson, Darren Potter, Ben Reeves and Danny Green, and to perform like we did, it was very good.

“It’s a positive afternoon. We’re sat third with a game in hand, but it’s one we need to build on, not sit back and rest on our laurels.”

And with his goals coming from all over the pitch, and from two substitutes, Robinson said it was a result that’ll get people talking.

He said: “They were wonderful goals too. Benik read the rebound from Randall’s strike, and the second goal from Samir was excellent.

“The third goal... I walked away just clapping.

“The only blot on the copy book for me is young Tom Hitchcock not scoring. He’s so desperate to score.

“Everyone on the bench was rooting for him too. In training, he’s arguably one of the best finishers, he just hasn’t had that chance yet.

“I don’t think anyone would’ve expected us to score five at Barnsley. It’s a statement of intent. It was a good afternoon.”

Despite being without midfield lynchpin Darren Potter for the game, still missing with a groin problem, Mark Randall stepped in seamlessly, and was one of the stand-out performers at Oakwell.

Having made some big sacrifices to earn a permanent contract with Dons in the summer, Robinson is ready to reward his loyalty with a new deal which should put him back on a par with some of his team-mates.

“Randall was sensational today,” Robinson added. “This was his game, with a big, green pitch. Reminds me of when he was at Arsenal. In big games, he performs.

“Hopefully he’ll be signing a new contract this week - a longer term contract. He’s given up an awful lot to be here this season, and we want to try and sort that.

“Hopefully there will be one or two more in the next few weeks too.”