Northampton win wasn't as easy as it looked for Dons

Northampton Town 0-2 MK Dons
Regan Poole battles at the back against Northampton TownRegan Poole battles at the back against Northampton Town
Regan Poole battles at the back against Northampton Town

It may have looked easy, but Luke Williams insisted Dons' 2-0 win over Northampton in the Papa John's Trophy was a more difficult affair.

Ste Walker netted goals in both halves to see Dons progress into the quarter finals at a canter, with a comfortable display at the PTS Academy Stadium.

But despite the relative ease at which they saw off Keith Curle's side, Dons' assistant manager said his side had to work very hard to make it look to easy.

"It was a really professional display from the guys, but we had to work really hard to make it that comfortable," he said.

"There were a lot of guys sore and tired before kick-off, and the pitch was very heavy, but the mentality shone through.

"The first goal was important. They have been really successful playing in a manner where they can be direct. We had to stand up to that and did it really well.

"Joe Mason's effort I think was onside, and after that we wondered whether it was going to be our night, but we managed to score and it looked, to me, that if our second didn't come, things could have been very difficult. Thankfully, we got the second and it took the wind out of their sails."

The result means Dons are now just two wins away from a Wembley final, with Williams adding: "It's massive – everyone wants to play at Wembley and win something. We're all motivated. We know we have to pick up form in the league and we're hoping one goes hand-in-hand with the other."