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Karl Robinson eyes promotion as MK Dons pile the pressure on Preston North End

20 April 2015

Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson admits the promotion-chasing momentum has swung in his side's favour after they stormed to an impressive 6-1 victory over strugglers Leyton Orient.

The Dons stunned the visitors with a ruthless 15-minute spell in the first half - scoring four excellent goals in quick succession thanks to Dean Bowditch, Will Grigg and two from Rob Hall.

Hall completed his first professional hat-trick midway through the second half before Jay Simpson's consolation for the O's and Dele Alli adding an excellent sixth.

And after second-placed Preston's draw with Port Vale on Friday night, the Dons are now just one point behind an automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League 1.

Robinson said: "I think it was important that on the back of the Preston game that we understood the enormity of the challenge.

"I believe we're the only team in the top six to have won so we go onwards and hopefully upwards.

"Swindon have got a big job to do now, but we can only manage what we do - but if we end up on 91 points and don't go up, I think that would be remarkable.

"But we can't have Preston in our mindset, if we're playing like this in the Play-Offs no one will want to play us.

"Whatever anyone wants to throw at us we can take it.

“[Orient] made it very difficult early on because you could see that they had two banks of four, and their two strikers well inside their own half.

"But I thought the players' mentality was absolutely superb, Lewis Baker really performed well and challenged Rob Hall for the man of the match."


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