Karl Robinson is relishing the chance to test his young side against another Sky Bet League 1 high-flyer in Rotherham United.
The Dons proved more than a match for second-placed Brentford on Easter Monday and will take on a Millers side this Saturday that could end up joining the Bees in the Championship next season should they successfully navigate their way through the play-offs.
And Robinson, who will only have 13 players available for training this week due to injuries, is excited by the prospect of seeing his youthful squad go toe-to-toe with the Yorkshire-men.
Speaking to mkdons.com, the Football League’s fourth longest serving manager said: “We’re really excited about going to Rotherham. I went there for the first time last Friday which brought back memories of going there with Paul Ince when Mark Robins was manager.
“Up north, football tends to be the focal point of many cities and that’s certainly the case with Rotherham. The board there have done a remarkable job and they’ve also got some talented players who are going to prove very difficult to play against.
“We saw that, here, earlier in the season when they pegged us back for large parts but fortunately our players got us over the line. Since then, we’ve lost a lot a number of those players through injury and loan spells ending, whereas they’ve been able to continue strengthening.
“There are players there that I’m very familiar with along with Richie, who will be going back to club he played over 150 times for. James Tavernier is somebody who I respect immensely but he’s just one of a number of players I admire.
“We’re excited about going there and playing against one of the better teams in the league. Our side will be full of youth and inexperience, again, but also full of hunger and desire to build on a good point here against Brentford.”
Tickets for Saturday’s clash will be available from the kiosk at thecentre:mk until 7pm on Thursday 24th April and from the Box Office at stadiummk until 5pm on Friday 25th April. Tickets will be on sale from New York Stadium on the day of the game.