Robbo: We have ‘battered’ them

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THE away-day blues are well and truly gone for Dons as they comfortably saw off Rochdale on Saturday.

First half goals from Rowan Vine, Daniel Powell, Stephen Gleeson, and a late penalty from Sam Baldock gave Dons a 4-1 win, giving them breathing space in League One’s last play-off place.

The result was also Dons’ seventh game on the road without defeat - in stark contrast to their 2010 form away from stadium:mk.

After the game, Karl Robinson said he was delighted with his side’s performance at Spotland.

He said: “I thought it was a very deserved win. I’m over the moon. With a pitch like it was, we still tried to play the right style of football and we took our chances.

“We won 4-1. What more can you ask for? We’ve battered teams and drawn 0-0. People keep on telling me that it’s all about results, and we’ve come here and battered them.”

The game was killed off in the first half, with three brilliant strikes from Vine, Powell and Gleeson, but Robinson was disappointed by the goal his side conceded after three clean sheets in a row.

He said: “They were three fantastic goals. It was a great performance from everyone. I’m disappointed with the goal obviously, and afterwards we had a few words about it, but we will eradicate that for Charlton on Tuesday.”

Both Jabo Ibehre and Baldock played their part in the fourth goal, showing no signs of the injuries which have kept them out of the side in recent weeks as Robinson’s injury list continues to shrink.

However, Peter Leven’s second half booking means he is ruled out of Tuesday’s game with play-off chasing Charlton Athletic at stadium:mk.

“He’s disappointed to be out of the massive clash on Tuesday,” said Robinson. “But it has maybe come at the right time.

“Peter has been magnificent for us this season. He’s been the outstanding talent for me. Him and Gleeson have been superb this season, but we may have to look at Charlton in a different way.”

Stephen Hughes, on loan from Norwich, came on to play 25 minutes in place of Leven and looked very comfortable in the centre of midfield, although it was fellow loanee Vine who started the Dons scoring with his first for the club.

He said: “To come here and get the three points is massively important for us. They’ve had a good spell unbeaten too, but we’re on a little run ourselves and we are doing what we need to. I scored the first goal too, so it was a good day.”

Last week, Vine insisted he wasn’t too concerned with scoring goals, but was pleased to get on the score sheet nevertheless.

“To be honest, I couldn’t tell you the last time I scored,” he said. “I played a lot last season, making about 30 appearances and scored once. Since I had my big injury, I’ve struggled to get regular football and form.

“But this is the best I’ve felt for a couple of years, I feel like I can play a part in games and the full 90 minutes, so that’s the most important thing at the moment.

“I’m really happy to be here, I’m delighted to score and I will try my hardest to go and score more, but as long as the team is winning, that is the most important thing.”

Dons have yet to be beaten away since Vine joined back in January, and hopes that it can lead the club to the play-offs and promotion this season.

“We have been unbeaten away from home since I came here, so I don’t know what all the fuss is about!

“When I joined, I was told we had this terrible away form, but I haven’t seen any of it.

“We’ve had a little spell at home where we couldn’t get the result, but we’re over that with the win against Brighton. And with Charlton coming up we’re going into the game as confident as ever.”