Published: 12/03/2012 14:10 - Updated: 13/03/2012 16:38

Dons can do even better says Robbo

Alan smith is on hand to celebrate with Charlie MacDonald after he hit MK Dons second goal
Alan smith is on hand to celebrate with Charlie MacDonald after he hit MK Dons second goal

KarlRobinson delivered a chilling warning to Dons' promotion rivals after Exeter were swept aside 3-0 on Saturday- telling them that his side were below their best.

Mathias Doumbe's deflected eff­ort and goals from Charlie Mac­Donald andJabo Ibehre made sure that last Tuesday's frustrating de­feat to Yeovil was put to bed against their west country neighbours.

It was an exceptionally comfortable display but Robinson, as usual, is looking for more from his squad as the race for promotion really begins to heat up.

He said: "I still think that we were not at our top gear, that wasn't us at our best.

"But we were still good enough to get a 3-0 victory and we could have had a few more as well."

Doumbe's first half opener may well go down as an own-goal after the Frenchman's strike caught a huge deflection off a visiting leg before looping into the net.

Any goal from a defender is always a welcome boost but the next two scorers would have lifted spirits in stadiummk more.

Fowards MacDonald andIbehre have both had to wait a while since their last strikes and now they have rediscovered their shooting boots the hope will be that the goals will keep flowing during the run-in.

MacDonald, the club's second leading goalscorer, hadn't found the net this year as his last goal was during the New Year's Eve trip to Brentford.

The poacher stabbed home from close range following an excellent give-and-go by the impressive AlanSmith.

Ibehre's wait went back to the 2-0 win over Tranmere on December 10 but he showed great composure to slide a finish past Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak when clean through.

"I am over the moon for Charlie, he celebrated like he'd won the World Cup," Robinson said.

"It just shows you what it means to him.

"He believes in what we're trying to do at the club which means it hurts him a little bit more when things don't go his way.

"Charlie puts his body on the line every single week and he keeps putting himself in the positions to score goals.

"Today he had an element of luck to it but he'll take that and go from strength to strength.

"Our two forwards have scored today and I think that players coming on and being able to score is something that has improved us.

"Jabo took his goal fantastically well, he looked ruthless and I like that about him.

"When he realises his full potential he will be a massive must for us towards the end of the season - he's a fans favourite because he is a wonderful guy who gives us everything he has.

"I don't think there's one player who doesn't put a shift in."

The return of midfielder Darren Potter - who has been suffering with illness - was a further plus for Dons as Stephen Gleeson began his three game suspension for his sending off against Yeovil.

Also notable was the performance of winger Jay O'Shea, who arguably put in his best performance in Dons colours.

The Irishman struggled for regular games early in the season but he has taken advantage of a recent run of starts by catching Rob­inson's eye, who says he is now 'making a name for himself.'

Leading scorer DeanBowditch who has been named League One's player-of-the month after a productive February, forced Krysiak into a strong save with less than a minute on the clock.

Dons were forced to wear their black away shirts after anExeter mishap saw the Grecians only pack their red and white home kit.

The Devon outfit had to wear Dons shorts after the shambolic mistake but it failed to knock Dons from their stride.

Luck wasn't on their side when Yeovil executed their 1-0 smash and grab raid but Dons have proven that if you continue to put in strong performances the rewards will come.

They remain six points away from the coveted automatic promotion spot with current holders Sheffield United still to play at home.

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