Karl Robinson says he will use Saturday’s game against Yeovil Town as a benchmark of how well his side have started the season.
“It will be nice to go into our break on 19 points, which I feel would be a significant return so far,” the Dons boss told MK Dons Player. “This will also be the 10 game mark for us, and we’ve always looked at the 10th game as a benchmark to see where we really are.
“I do see this game as a benchmark, more so than the Bristol City game. There are players in this team that I know very well but there are players that haven’t been here that long, so I’m very excited by this game.”
The Dons head into the game on the back of the their third defeat of the season away at Bristol City, and Robinson wants his players to respond on Saturday in the same manner they have done on the two previous occasions.
“We’ve played well in all our defeats and it’s important that we remember that. Hopefully we can go to Yeovil and show that we are a good unit. We’ve responded well to defeats this season and hopefully we can do so again on Saturday.
“Every game is important because it’s an opportunity to win and put points on the board. I think it’s important we go to Yeovil full of confidence.”
Saturday will also see the men from MK1 go up against the Glovers for the first time since the Somerset outfit won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs – something which still sticks with Robinson, whose side missed out on the top six that season.
“Yeovil went up in a year that we never, despite having what we believed was a good team. It was disappointing and a difficult year for us, because we went into it with a lot of optimism and hope.
“This year, though, we’re building up a strong team again and it’s going to be a good challenge. It will be a good test for us on Saturday and for me, it will provide an opportunity to see how far this team really has come.”
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Yeovil Town are now only available to buy on the day at Huish Park, priced at £25 for adults, £21 for seniors and disabled, £18 for under-21s and £8 for under-16s.