Praise for Sorinola's performance amidst transfer rumours

AFC Wimbledon 0-2 MK Dons

Sunday, 31st January 2021, 6:00 am
Matthew Sorinola

Matthew Sorinola's performance, coming off the bench against AFC Wimbledon, was exactly what Russell Martin wants to see more of this season.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stadium MK this month - rumours the Dons boss has not taken kindly to.Sorinola though scored within three minutes of coming on at Plough Lane, firing in a stunner to make it 2-0 after Matt O'Riley's opener.

After a great showing from the wide man though, Martin praised Sorinola and said he would continue to be a prominent feature.

Matt O'Riley scored his first MK Dons goal against AFC Wimbledon

"He was brilliant when he came on," said the manager. "It was a fantastic goal, deflection or not. Defensively, he does so well for us.

"If he continues to do that, he'll have regular opportunities – whether that's off the bench of starting.

"My frustration is that I love him as a guy, we have a lot of faith in him, it's still early in his career and he has a lot of learning and improving to do with us before anything else. But it's hard for young players to see the big picture especially when you are being told certain things – and not other players. I saw a few people saying it was from people here, it's not players at all. He's getting good advice from them!

"I really want him here doing that on a regular basis."

O'Riley's first goal for the club came two minutes prior to Sorinola's goal to compound AFC Wimbledon's misery. The former Fulham man, making just his second appearance since signing last week, fired in Cameron Jerome's cross on 59 minutes and showed why his manager believes he is one of the best finishers in the squad.

Martin added: "It was a proper team goal but the reaction was great. Dean Lewington's position was really aggressive, Cammy and Scotty linked up really well, and Matty arrived well in the box. It was a great team goal.

"The pass to find him was outstanding – Cammy was superb in the second half – and Matty grew into it in the second half. He arrived fantastically well. He's one of the best finishers at the club, he took it really well."