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Karl: Ready for challenge

28 December 2013

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes his side should arrive at Brentford tomorrow afternoon full of confidence and without fear, given their recent run of form.

The Dons moved up to tenth in the Sky Bet League 1 table after a fourth straight win against Crawley Town on Boxing Day, but Brentford sit seven places above them in third having won nine of their last ten games so Mark Warburton’s men will provided a stern test. 

However, with Robinson’s men also full of confidence, the 33-year-old boss thinks his side are ready for the challenge The Bees will bring and is hopeful for another vital three points.

He said: “They are the in-form team in the League at the moment, they have won the most games of the period of the last two months and so we’re not shying away from how difficult the game is going to be. 

“But, they’ve also got to be ready for what we’re going to throw at them because we feel we’ve got a little spring in our step at the minute, a little bit of togetherness and a little bit of luck and we believe if we turn up and perform like we can it’ll be a very interesting game.

“It’s definitely one for the neutrals, it’s definitely going to be an exciting afternoon and may the best team win. Whoever performs turns up and gives their all will come out the winners.”

If the Dons are to successfully tackle the Bees and record a fifth successive victory, they’ll have to do it without midfielder Stephen Gleeson after he picked up a fifth booking of the season on Boxing Day and will, as a result, miss the clash through suspension.

Robinson is expected to turn to the experienced Alan Smith in Gleeson’s absence and the Liverpudlian believes the former England and Manchester United star could prove to be the difference in what will be a tough midfield battle on Sunday.

The Dons’ longest serving manager added: “We’ll obviously be without Stephen on Sunday, but it’s a chance for somebody else to come in to shore the midfield up and protect, it’s going to be an interesting one.

“I think Smithy will play. He will give us a bit of grit and determination; it’s a midfield that’s ready for a fight.

“We feel we’ve got a very experienced team going to their place, and we feel we need a very experienced team going there; it’s just a good, good game.”

*Tickets for this match are no longer available to buy from the MK Dons Box Office at stadiummk, the kiosk at thecentre:mk or online. Tickets can now only be bought on Sunday at Griffin Park.

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