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Robbo relishing battle with Harry

23 January 2013

Manager Karl Robinson admitted that going toe-to-toe with Harry Redknapp this weekend will be one of the highlights of his career so far.

The Dons booked a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history earlier this month, after a convincing 2-0 replay win over Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at stadiummk. 

That victory set-up this weekend’s tie with Queens Park Rangers, where the men from MK1 will be eager to get past the side they failed to beat on two occasions in the third round of the competition last season.

And Robinson, who faced Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur in 2011 at MK1 in a pre-season friendly, is relishing the challenge of pitting his wits against one of English football’s most popular characters in a competitive fixture. 

Speaking on Tuesday, the 32-year-old said: “I can’t wait to face Harry Redknapp this weekend - it’ll be one of the highlights of my career.

“He’s somebody that the media have taken too very well, somebody fans up and down the country love and he was widely tipped to be the next England manage. I’m lucky enough to be able to stand on the touchline next to him on Saturday and it’ll be a very special day for me personally and it will be a moment I won’t forget.

“We will have faced QPR three times over the last 12 months and they would have been under different managers every time – three very talented managers in Neil Warnock, Mark Hughes and Redknapp.

“We’re all looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the fourth round of the FA Cup. It’s an unbelievable competition to be a part of and to think we’ve navigated our way through three tough ties to find ourselves up against Premier League opposition is a great achievement.”

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