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Dons ready for Fulham encounter

7 August 2012

Tonight’s friendly against Premier League Fulham will provide the MK Dons players a final chance to impress boss Karl Robinson on the pitch before the 2012/13 season kicks off.

The Dons’ pre-season will draw to a close this evening as the squad will use the remainder of the week to prepare for their Capital One Cup match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Robinson will use the match to run the rule over his charges, as the Dons boss looks to find the perfect formation to suit his side. 

Fulham, with the likes of John Aren Riise,Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff in their ranks, are set to provide the ideal test too as the Cottages will be looking to ramp up their own preparations for the Premier League season which starts in under two weeks time. 

Martin Jol is expected to travel to stadiummk with a strong squad at his disposal and that is exactly what the Dons are hoping for.

Robinson said: “Fulham are a top ten team who I’ve got tremendous respect for. There a team who, for a Premier League team, don’t spend a great deal of money but consistently retain Premier division status year in year out so we’re looking forward to playing against them. 

“Martin Jol’s going to bring a decent team, he is a manager who has managed in different countries at a variety of different levels so it’s a good one for us. It’s going to be an interesting evening and we’re looking forward to it.”

The most important thing for Robinson tonight is not the result; instead it is the way his players deal with the tactical side of the game and their overall performance. Pre-season is the ideal time to test fitness but also test the players’ ability to adapt.

He added:  “I learn tactical things this time of the year and we learn physical things to see where we’re going to take them going into the start of the season.

“It will be interesting to speak to Martin Jol and his staff. I know Billy McInley really well so it’ll be interesting to meet up with them and speak to them.

“We’ve had a decent relationship with Fulham, obviously we had Keanu Marsh-Brown on loan from them, we’ve had one or two opportunities for players to come our way and they always give us a call. We play them a lot of time in friendlies and reserve team games so it’s a good club; it’s a nice club so we’re looking forward to pitting our wits against them.”

Tickets are still available for this fixture and are priced at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for Under 18s.

Supporters can also purchase a Family 3 ticket (One adult and two children) for £15 or a Family 4 ticket (Two adults and two children) for £27.

Fans can upgrade to clubred for a £5 premium and tickets are available to purchase on the day of the game. 

Gold and Platinum season ticket holders for 2012/13 will get their tickets included in their package, but will have to purchase food.

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