Karl Robinson praised the MK Dons support when speaking to the media earlier this week, after a record amount of away tickets were snapped up for the clash with QPR.
Just under 3,000 supporters, as of Wednesday afternoon, look set to make the short trip to Loftus Road this weekend, hoping cheer the Dons into the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser at the expense of Harry Redknapp’s Superhoops.
The current away attendance record stands at 2,003 but after ticket sales surpassed that figure on Monday, all is ready for a historic afternoon and boss Robinson was keen to thank the fans for their ‘tremendous’ support.
Speaking to the media, the 32-year-old said: “It’s a tremendous achievement by the fans (to break the away attendance record). The achievements and successes on the pitch are only being surpassed by our supporters, in the sense that whenever we do something good they respond to it.
“It’s a great testament to the bond between both the players and the fans and it’s nice to know that they’ll be supporting us on Saturday in their thousands. Everything’s in place for this to be another historic occasion.”
This will be the first time the Dons will compete in the fourth round of English football’s most prestigious cup competition despite coming close this past campaign, when the men from MK1 suffered a 1-0 replay loss to, ironically, their opponents this weekend QPR.
Robinson believes his side deserved victory in both games against the ‘R’s’ last season and is keen to make it third time lucky by toppling the Premier League outfit that currently sit 31 League places above the Dons in the country’s top division.
“I thought we were the better team in both the games against them last season but when you’re up against Premier League opposition and you’re presented with chances you’ve got to take them.
“We had two or three gilt-edged opportunities at Loftus Road but we couldn’t put it in the back of net. They had one chance, from a set-piece after Dave (Martin) made a wonderful save and they scored it and won the tie.
“In these games you’ve got to make sure you keep your concentration levels high for the whole 90 minutes and I’m looking forward to that challenge.
“We’re massive underdogs so we’re not getting carried away. They are a Premier League team going in the right direction, who have one of the best managers in English football and so we understand the enormity of the challenge that’s been set and we want to make sure we give it our best shot.”