Karl Robinson says he is excited by the Dons’ start to the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 1 campaign.
He concluded: “It’s a new season and we want to go into it fitter than ever before. We need players and we know that, but we are working very hard to bring new faces in.”
“We must improve at home after being diabolical at times towards the end of last season,” he stressed. “It goes without saying that we will be looking to start the season far better than we finished the last one, but we’ll have players back from injury – Darren Potter, Ben Reeves, Lee Hodson, Dean Bowditch – plus new additions. We’ll be stronger at home, a threat.”
, a place where Robinson knows the Dons need to rediscover their form. mkstadium The last two of those fixtures are at
“It’s hard to judge teams with still plenty of time for them to strengthen their squads. We found it hard against Gillingham last season, lost to Peterborough twice, Chesterfield are an unknown quantity having come up and Coventry and Crawley always make it difficult.”
League 2 champions Chesterfield, Coventry City and Crawley Town are up third, fourth and fifth respectively for the men from MK1.
“AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough are up early and the fans will be excited about those fixtures. Pre-season becomes absolutely massive for us and we’ll be aiming to hit the ground running.”
“Every football fan will be looking at the first game, the Christmas fixtures and the games against the rivals, and secretly we as managers and players do the same,” the 33-year-old told mkdons.com.
Another big time of the season is the festive period, which sees the Dons travel to Notts County on Boxing Day and welcome Walsall on Sunday 28th December.
in between. mkstadiumThe fixtures were revealed this morning, pairing Robinson’s men with Gillingham at home on the opening day (Saturday 9th August) before a trip to rivals Peterborough United the following Saturday, with a Capital One Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon at