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Karl: Going into the lion's den

16 November 2012

Dons boss Karl Robinson praised top of the table side Tranmere Rovers for their impressive start to the 2012/13 season ahead of tonight’s game.

The Rovers have been in red-hot form since the start of the campaign and have only lost twice while tallying a standout 35 goals, mainly thanks duo Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson who, between them, have netted 18 times.

And Robinson, who lived only five minutes away from Prenton Park before moving to Milton Keynes, is wary of the threat posed by Moore and his Superwhites.

Speaking before the game, he said: “Prenton Park is a phenomenal place to visit and I know for sure we are going into the lion’s den tonight against the best team in the League.

“When I was growing up as a kid I remember the John Aldridge years and Friday nights at Prenton Park were incredible. Most fans growing up in that area watch Liverpool or Everton games on a Saturday so they had to capture the audience and the way they did that was by playing on a Friday night and no footballer wanted to play Tranmere on a Friday night because of how loud it was.

“It’ll be the same tonight, especially with Ronnie Moore as their manager. He is a Tranmere legend and you have to take your hat off to him for what he has done this year because right now he is probably the best manager in the country for what he has achieved on a lower budget.

“If you had asked even the die-hard Tranmere fans whether they would be top going into November, I don’t think many of them would have said yes which just shows you how well Ronnie has done and how well the players have done. In Robinson, (James) Wallace, (Ash) Taylor, Cassidy and (Liam) Palmer they have some really good players and we know they will be very competitive tonight.

“The TV cameras are here once again and we are getting used to that. We have to be at our best to win and they have to be at their best to get anything out of us – the best team will win the game at the end of the night.

With the clash being moved to tonight for Sky Sports coverage, the Dons face another quick turnaround of games but Robinson isn’t too concerned and believes his players will be 100 percent ready come 7.45pm this evening.

“This will be our third game in seven days but the boys are physically up for the challenge. We travelled to Liverpool to train yesterday and we’ll do some stuff today before the game.

“It’s been very intense, but we have one big push with three big games coming our way and then we have a week’s rest before we play the next game.

“It’s all hands to the pump, and the players are committing their lives to the Football Club for the next two weeks.”

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