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Long evokes memories of Fowler

Karl Robinson compared Chris Long to Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler after the 18-year-old scored on debut in a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury.

The result put Robinson's side four points off the play-off places with the decisive goal coming from Dean Bowditch on his comeback from a long-term hip injury.

Robinson said: "I thought Chris was the biggest threat on the pitch and he was showing my strikers how to play.

"He's quick, brave, he works hard, he doesn't let people run through or take the ball off him easily and he's just 18 years of age.

"To come out and play like that against experienced central defenders was wonderful.

"Is he the finished article? No, he's 18, but I've seen glimpses of a player who moves in the way Robbie Fowler used to.

"He's got that look about him and he's got that bit of arrogance and confidence, which I think you need when you're a young player.

"With Dean Bowditch coming back, I do harp on about the quality he possesses and I do moan when he's not fit and that's the reason why.

"The game was even when he came on and he showed what a tremendous player he is."

MK Dons went ahead after just three minutes through Dele Alli's header, but Shrewsbury quickly hit back when Ryan Woods turned in Aaron Wildig's low cross.

Long's big moment came after 21 minutes when he forced in the rebound after Shrews goalkeeper Chris Weale had done well to keep out Dean Lewington's header.

Bowditch then struck only four minutes after coming on when he bent a superb shot into the far corner before Joe Jacobson's well-taken goal with four minutes left gave the visitors hope.