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Karl: An honour to reach milestone

17 January 2014

Manager Karl Robinson says it will be a privilege to take charge of MK Dons for the 200th time this weekend.

Saturday’s clash with Bristol City will be Robinson’s 200th competitive game as a manager, just three-and-a-half years after being he was appointed by Chairman Pete Winkelman at the start of the 2010/11 season.

And the 33-year-old, who is the country’s sixth-longest serving manager, is eager to mark the milestone with a victory which could see his side close the gap on the play-off places to just three points.

Speaking to MK Dons Player, Robinson said: “I’m excited. It’s obviously a big game for me, personally, because of the milestone but it’s also a big game for the team.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been managing this Football Club for 200 games; for the staff, the fans and for the Chairman. It’s been an honour to work here and I think the fans know the effect they’ve had on me and my family.

“It’ll be a real privilege to stand on the touchline, managing this team, for the 200th time on Saturday. I’ve experienced a lot of good times and a lot of bad times and I can really foresee a good time ahead. This could be our time, it could be a time where we stand up and be counted.”

If Robinson’s side are to come out on top this weekend, they’ll have to recover from their gruelling 120 minute FA Cup Third Round replay with Wigan Athletic in mid-week.

The Dons took the Championship outfit to extra-time on Tuesday evening before losing 3-1 but their manager is confident they’ll be fit and ready come 3pm on Saturday. He added: “I feel lucky that Bristol City also played in The FA Cup on Tuesday because I’d have been a little bit wearier if they had had a free week.

“Still, I think if you’d have offered the players a chance to go into extra-time to try and win the tie they would have taken it. They were off (on Wednesday) and we had another recovery day (on Thursday). We feel we can get enough done to turn them around and get them ready in time.

“Dele should hopefully be on the bench, too and Longy’s back in. Although Powelly, Chaddy and Bowds still can’t start, I’m close as to full strength as I’ve been all season.”

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