Karl Robinson has issued a challenge to his MK Dons team – win their next two games and throw the cat amongst the pigeons.
Back-to-back wins for the first time in 2013 have made the Dons’ hopes of reaching the play-offs a more realistic challenge and Robinson believes that two big performances against Crawley Town and Swindon Town, both of which are atstadiummk, would fully propel them into the mix.
While still reliant on teams above them slipping up, the Dons are in confident mood having seen off Hartlepool and Brentford over the Easter weekend but Robinson has also warned his side not to expect an easy ride when Richie Barker’s men come to MK1 on Saturday.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game the Dons boss said: “There has always been a buzz, whether we’ve won or lost the next day is a new day, you can only affect the future, you can’t affect the past. We have set ourselves a target and we’re just looking forward to games. It’s Cup final time.
“I think the way the players have conducted themselves over the past two games has been remarkable and what it has done is it’s made the unbelievable a bit more believable. We still believe in ourselves and these two games have put us right in the mix and it’s going to be interesting.
“The two games coming up are big, big games for us and they’re two of the most important because we’ve given ourselves a massive mountain to climb and if we can win these two games it becomes an easier one to climb. We’re only a third of the way up there; we have a long way to go.”
Robinson also believes the two keys factors to the Dons’ destiny this season are his players and the fans who will be supporting them along the way.
While the attendances at stadiummk sits at 8598 – the fifth highest in the League – the noise levels have dramatically increased throughout the season and Robinson knows it can have a big impact.
“The fans are developing and I think this season they really have stepped up to the plate. They’ve had better seasons to do it, this season has been difficult but they haven’t turned their back, they haven’t shirked the responsibility instead they have been loud and had an effect on the players. Stephen Gleeson spoke about the importance of the fans and how good it is to have them behind us.
“I have a good group of players at this Football Club who I trust and rely on – as a manager that is all you can ever ask for. Along the way you’ll win games, draw games and lose games but the sign of a good team is when you look at them in the dressing room afterwards they are feeling the same emotions as you and the fans. “