Robinson salutes young Dons

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson sang the praises of his young guns following their 2-1 Capital One Cup victory at Northampton.

Last Updated: 07/08/13 at 13:43

Karl Robinson: Youngsters looked very exciting

Karl Robinson: Youngsters looked very exciting

Goals in each half from Ben Reeves and Jason Banton saw the Dons establish a comfortable advantage which was only threatened late on after Roy O'Donovan reduced the arrears.

The visitors would have been out of sight had it not been for Cobblers goalkeeper Matt Duke, whose heroics helped Bradford into last year's final. Duke kept the hosts in the contest with a string of fine saves in either half.

But it was the Dons youngsters who caught the eye, particularly Dele Alli, who Robinson rates very highly and is determined to hold on to, at least for the time being.

"The average age of this side was only 20 but we want to give them the chance and they looked very exciting," Robinson said.

"Northampton was always going to be a tough test for them but they conducted themselves very well.

"Dele is not for sale, it will take millions to take him but I don't want to sell him and nor does the chairman.

"There will a day when we will have to because he's destined to be a great player but great players have a path to take and I believe that's with us because he's playing in the first team.

"But we've got several very good young players, we coach them right and we play them."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company