MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was full of praise for opponents West Ham as two moments of magic from Carlton Cole meant the Hammers came out on top at Stadium: MK last night.
Cole, a reported transfer target for Stoke, showed exactly why West Ham need to keep him as he set up Julien Faubert before scoring a wonderful solo effort as his side won their friendly match 2-0 against the League One side.
Robinson said: “We would like to thank West Ham. They showed us a lot of respect by bringing some of their superstars.
“We have also got to say a big thank you to the West Ham fans. They have turned out in their thousands, which has contributed to our football club massively,” he added.
One man Robinson knows well is Irons striker Benni McCarthy, as the pair worked together while at Blackburn Rovers.
The Dons boss caught up with McCarthy after the game and said: “He came into the office and we had a good chat. He thinks moving to West Ham is good for him.
“The big thing for him was that they kept all of their players – your Scott Parkers, Upson, Green – he felt that was a necessity for West Ham.
“He has lost an awful lot of weight from the last time I saw him, which is good to see!” Robinson joked, alluding to a problem that blighted the South African last season.
One Hammer that received a rather pantomime reception was England and West Ham keeper Robert Green, whose every touch was greeted with ironic cheers.
Robinson, though, does not feel it should affect him too much and has warned the former Norwich man to expect worse throughout the season.
“I am sure he is going to get a lot worse than that when he goes to Old Trafford, or Anfield. It is part of being a footballer,” the 29-year-old said.
“Players are like sponges, they just absorb it because that is what they are paid to do. They are paid to be criticised and also to be praised by the home fans. I am sure he will come back as a much stronger goalkeeper and have a fantastic season.”