The future’s bright says Robbo after Stevenage win

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Karl Robinson said MK Dons fans will see much more of Dele Alli and Giorgio Rasulo next season after their substitute appearances against Stevenage on Saturday.

The game was as good as won when the pair came on as substitutes at the Lamex Stadium, but both looked at home despite their ages.

And Robinson said the emergence of the teenage talents is the silver-lining to the season.

“The season hasn’t been what we wanted it to be, but there are a lot of highs. You’ve seen two under 17 England Internationals and it’s a tremendous way for us to move forward.

“We just have to make sure Giorgio does his homework before he goes back to school on Monday! The two of them will go right to the top.

“We have to nurture them in the right way and we have to make the most of them while they’re in Milton Keynes. We’ll see much more of them next season.

“Our future is in good hands - you only have to look at Giorgio Rasulo and Dele Alli coming on at the end there. They’re special young players. It’s very bright.”

Robinson also praised both sets of fans for the party atmosphere for the final game of the season.

“Our fans were magnificent today,” he said. “The players threw their shirts in the crowd at the end to show much it meant to them.

“The game was played in the right spirit. There was some jovial banter between the fans and we’ve performed very well. It’s now a case of preparing for next season.

“The pitch allowed the game to be slick and we could play our football. We took our goals very well. Patrick Bamford and Ryan Lowe finished the season in style. “

With rumours surrounding the futures of Stephen Gleeson and Shaun Williams, Robinson said he wants the Irish pair to stay at the club next season, though planning for the future starts on Monday.

He said: “You know what I think of them (Gleeson and Williams). We all want them to stay. We want to build on the year, for as bad as it might be. We’ve shown when we have all our strong players fit, we’re very competitive.

“Where do we go from here? I’ll go home and have a pint and start on it on Monday. We’ll see where the summer takes us.”