Next Game

Rotherham v MK Dons

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

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 that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

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