MK Dons enjoy emphatic victory

It was the visitors who looked like the top-flight team as they ran

rings around the Canaries, scoring twice in each half to record a

thoroughly deserved second-round victory. Norwich fielded a

completely different side to the one that drew 1-1 with Stoke on

Sunday but it still featured five of the line-up which started at

Wigan the previous week – and they were simply outclassed by the

slick-passing Dons. Doing the talking for manager Karl Robinson,

Gorman said: “Karl is very proud of the way we played tonight and I

think he wanted the staff to get some of the credit as well. “Karl

is a good young manager and I think he has got the potential to

follow in the footsteps of (Norwich boss) Paul Lambert and achieve

what he has achieved over the past couple of years, hopefully with

a little bit of help from myself. “We have got the team playing the

sort of football we want to see and it was great to come to a

stadium like this, play a good Norwich side and show what we can

do. The challenge now is to play like this week in, week out.

“Norwich showed us respect by fielding a strong team and we went

out to try an impose our style of play on them. I think we played

exceptionally well tonight and there is no doubt we have got the

makings of a very good side. “We passed the ball very well, scored

some good goals and in the end I thought we were quite comfortable.

“It was nice to see the Norwich fans applaud us off at the end,

which I know the players really appreciated. With the sort of

football we are playing at the moment hopefully more people with

come and see us play at Milton Keynes.” Paul Lambert offered no

excuses as he reflected on his heaviest defeat since taking charge

at Carrow Road a little over two years ago. “It was very

disappointing,” he said. “Everything that could go wrong did go

wrong. We just never got going and you have got to give credit to

MK Dons who deserved to win the game. “We win as a team and we lose

as a team. I don’t want to focus on any particular area. We put out

a strong team tonight but we didn’t play well and were beaten by

the better side on the night. “I have not had many experiences like

this since I have been here – but they say you learn more from your

defeats than you do from your wins and hopefully that will be the

case. “I picked the team and I take full responsibility for

tonight. When something like this happens it is my fault.” The Dons

took the game by the scruff of the neck by scoring twice in seven

minutes midway through the first half. Former Norwich winger Luke

Chadwick set them on their way by slipping the ball under the body

of rookie keeper Declan Rudd after a fine pass from Stephen Gleeson

before Sam Baldock doubled their advantage from 25 yards out, his

low shot completely deceiving Rudd. The game was over as a contest

on the hour mark when an excellent passing move ended with Chadwick

coolly slotting home and the Dons rubbed salt in the wounds on 67

minutes, substitute Daniel Powell latching on to a terrible

backpass from Andrew Surman to make it 4-0.