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Posted on 26 October 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol praised the lads for completing 'a professional job' in the Carling Cup third round tie at Milton Keynes Dons on Wednesday night.

Martin Jol praised the lads for completing 'a professional job' in the Carling Cup third round tie at Milton Keynes Dons on Wednesday night.

Two goals apiece from Mido and Jermain Defoe in a 25-minute spell either side of half-time put the issue beyond doubt before substitute Robbie Keane wrapped up a 5-0 victory.

However, we had to stand up to early pressure from the willing home side and nerves weren't really settled until Mido opened the scoring after 34 minutes.

"Everyone expects you to win but it can be difficult and we still had what happened against Grimsby at the back of our minds," reflected Martin at the National Hockey Stadium.

"Milton Keynes put a lot of diagonal balls into the box and that is how they try to score goals but we defended well and took our chances. Mido was excellent for the first goal, the second goal from Jermain was good and that made the second half easier for us and we scored two more.

"It was a professional job because you never know against lower league clubs. We had to rest a few players and this team hadn't played together but after the first goal we did well in midfield, Tom Huddlestone was pulling the strings again and the second half was comfortable. In the end, 5-0 has to be a good result."