Karl Robinson is aiming for another memorable campaign as MK Dons kick-start their FA Cup with Budweiser campaign at home to FC Halifax Town on Saturday.
was the setting for four FA Cup matches last season as the Dons reached the fifth round for the first time in the Club’s history. On the way to the Last 16 the Dons were forced into a replay in the first round with Cambridge City, beat AFC Wimbledon, brushed aside Sheffield Wednesday in another replay and stormed to victory at Queens Park Rangers.mkstadium
The Dons’ incredible Cup campaign came to an end at MK1 when Barnsley recorded a 3-1 win over Robinson’s side.
This year Robinson wants more of the same from side, speaking to the media he said: “Over recent years we have taken tremendous pride in the FA Cup and we have enjoyed every moment of it.
“We can all say the League is the priority but as soon as that whistle goes on Saturday I want to win and players want to win. We’re firmly fixed on the positives this season; we want to win every game that we can. I don’t like losing, I’m not going to apologise for wanting to win games.
“It was an amazing rollercoaster for us all last season and that Cup run will always have a place in my heart. It was incredible. This is a wonderful competition with tremendous history and passion; it’s an honour to be part of it.”
The Dons boss has no plans to make wholesale changes to his side for this weekend’s match; instead he will use it as a chance to keep a consistent defence together and is hopeful Stephen Gleeson could return from injury to link back up with Darren Potter while Izale McLeod may be granted a starting berth.
Robinson added: “I am trying to get a stable team, as possible, in other years I have rotated the team but I think it is important that I keep the back four together and if Stephen is back it would be great to get him and Darren Potter playing together again.
“Maybe Izale might go up top and we might drop Patrick into number 10; we have one or two things we want to try. I’m not an advocate of playing the two of them in League games but it might be an opportunity for the two of them to get some goals and to work together on Saturday.
“I absolutely love the FA Cup; over the past few years we have had some great Cup runs and it is something that I want to do again. I have introduced youth team players into the team through the FA Cup before, at a massive risk because the financial gain in the FA Cup is phenomenal.
“The Under-18s are involved in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night but I am hoping to have three or four of them on the bench and if I can introduce them to give more first team football then I will do.”