Seven up in record breaking Dons win

Dean Bowditch celebrates his goal against Oldham
Dean Bowditch celebrates his goal against Oldham

There will be precious few arguments that Dons’ emphatic 7-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday wasn’t on the cards from the very first whistle.

Such a one-sided game you’ll struggle to see many other places, with Dons in ruthless form against an Oldham side which started the day just three points outside the play-off places. Dons made them look like relegation fodder.

In truth, the home side could easily have been high and dry before Will Grigg eventually fired them ahead after 17 minutes.

Both Dean Bowditch and Carl Baker had missed earlier chances before Grigg, who put in a man of the match performance on his return to the starting line-up, fired Dons ahead courtesy of an indirect free kick inside the box.

So often is the case at stadium:mk that Dons simply don’t kill teams off in the first half, and it threatened to be the case again when chance after chance went begging.

But with little fight shown from Oldham, the home side could have shut up shop there and then and still taken home the three points.

So when Bowditch doubled the lead two minutes before the break, the collective sigh around stadium:mk reflected the mood - this one was over.

Bowditch, who has had an indifferent season since returning to full fitness after effectively a year out of action last season, could have doubled his tally for the day before half time, but Grigg later admitted he ‘had the blinkers on’ and didn’t spot the midfielder’s run when he was through on goal. Instead, the chance went begging.

The result was rubber stamped four minutes after half time though, with Grigg’s tenacity winning the day as he barged past George Elokobi to make it 3-0.

From there, the floodgates opened as what little fight Oldham had attempted to show seemingly got back on the team bus, ready to go back home again.

Darren Potter rattled home a brilliant team-move to make it 4-0 barely two minutes after Grigg’s third.

Samir Carruthers, who like Bowditch has been lacking a spark so far this term, was at the heart of so many Dons attacks. And it was his hold-up play which allowed Potter to play a neat one-two with Grigg on the edge, to allow him to strike home the fourth.

There was a brief interlude in the game as both managers sought about making changes. But far from shutting up shop, Robinson went for the jugular, bringing on top-scorer Benik Afobe as if to compound Oldham boss Lee Johnson’s misery.

The home fans were made to wait until the 77th minute for the fifth, but it was worth every second as Dele Alli pinched the ball one the edge of the centre circle, powered to the edge of the box before cutting back onto his right peg, bending the ball past stricken Paddy Kenny.

Not one to miss out on the action, Afobe scored arguably the easiest he’s ever scored in an MK Dons shirt with six minutes to go.

After Carl Baker’s hard work on the left flank, Afobe was afforded the freedom of the penalty area to time his run, heading past Kenny from barely two yards out for 6-0.

Dons had already six on two separate occasions this season - against Crewe and Colchester - but went one better as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes.

Kenny could only parry Grigg’s late attempt at securing his hat-trick, but the ball went as far as Baker on the edge of the area, firing into the unguarded net to break the club’s ‘biggest winning margin’ record for the second time this season.