Karl Robinson has dreams of a big tie in the Third Round of the FA Cup so he can give the transfer kitty a boost and strengthen his side for the League in January.
The Dons boss watched his side book a place in the Third Round for a third consecutive year but it was far from an easy task as the League 1 side edged out Dover Athletic by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to Ben Reeves’ strike.
It was anything but convincing from the Dons and in the latter stages of the game they were nervously counting the cost of missed chances when Dover showed great determination late on.
Speaking to the media after the game Robinson said: “It wasn’t convincing, let’s not hide that fact but we’re through to the next round and this Cup is what football is all about. I think you could see in the game that there was one team who have lost one in 14 and one that has struggled and stuttered over a period of time.
“Although we were the better team we looked like we lacked a little bit of confidence, an edge and fluency to our play. They looked like they had plenty of confidence, you could see they haven’t been beaten many time because they were positive and their fans were wonderful behind the goal – it was their day out.”
In the last two years the Dons have drawn Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday in the Third Round but now Robinson wants the golden ticket which will bring fans in their thousands and could potentially bring big money to the Club, so he can spend it in the January transfer window.
He added: “We have played a number of big games in this competition and we are very fond of it as a Club and now we have the chance to get one of the big boys either here, or away. I said to the Chairman if we get a big draw I will be knocking on the door in January for the transfer window.
“It’s a win and MK Dons fans can sit down tomorrow and watch The FA Cup draw with a wry smile on their face and we can all say a prayer – everyone will want a different team whether it’s Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, QPR. I want a game that we can go and compete in and fill this place or go away and do something which allows us to go and do things in January.
“I said to Gary on the 80th minute ‘if we don’t concede here this could be the big turning point’, hopefully Patrick Bamford’s luck turns and he’ll started scoring goals again, we’ve got a number of big players to come back and when they’re back we’ve got a really good squad.”