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Bamford earns boss' praise

30 March 2013

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was full of praise for on-loan striker Patrick Bamford after the Chelsea prospect opened the scoring in a 2-0 win at Hartlepool.

Just six minutes had gone when Bamford, who moved to Chelsea from Nottingham Forest for ?1.5m, skirted through the Pools defence and rolled in from 10 yards.

The Dons clinched their first away win since January 1 at out-of-sorts Pools with a second from Dean Bowditch.

By then, Bamford had also been involved in the game's most controversial moment, when Pools midfielder Simon Walton was red carded on 51 minutes after appearing to stamp on the player. He was replaced shortly after being booked for a needless shove on Jack Baldwin.

But it was his opening salvo that caught they eye, and Robinson admitted: "What a goal, a wonder goal and I was only disappointed he didn't go round the goalkeeper as well. He is special, he is a talent.

"You have seen how they had to deal with him, they almost assaulted him at times. He's 19, a special talent. You don't get bought for a million pounds if you are an average footballer.

"He is one who people will see the fruits of his talent one day. He's young and petulance can creep into his game. You don't want something to cost him a sending-off. He now leaves here in a very positive frame of mind."

Pools remain eight points short of npower League One safety and have not scored in seven games. They were decimated before and during the game by injury and Walton's red card and are destined for the drop.

Head coach John Hughes, whose side mustered a single shot of note on target when Peter Hartley fired against a post late on, said: "First-half performance wasn't bad, we played some nice stuff. But we conceded a real poor first goal and a sending-off at the start of the half left us chasing uphill.

"It was a real bad day for us. We lost three players through injury. Are we goal shy? Yes, we need a couple of special people to unlock the door, play that pass, score a goal. It's not through a lack of commitment. Sometimes you need a bit more.''

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