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Robinson talks up togetherness

23 January 2015

Karl Robinson has spoken of his immense belief in his players and the Dons supporters ahead of Saturday’s clash with Barnsley (k.o. 3pm).

The 34-year-old will be watching from the stands at stadiummk following the findings of an FA Independent Regulatory Commission.

“I won’t be on the touchline on Saturday but you will hear our fans, I can guarantee that,” he told MK Dons Player.

“The players need you and that’s my calling card. Come down and get your players running and support them at the level you have done all season. I’m excited by the team going out there and the noise I know you will create.

“Start preparing now – don’t speak too much, rest your voices and save yourself for Saturday afternoon.”

He added: “There’s a tremendous togetherness amongst the staff, the players and the fans. I’m looking forward to watching the game from a different view point – I’ll learn from it and that’s the most important thing, and the more I learn, the better I’ll become.

“Hopefully I’ve not embarrassed too many MK Dons fans and if I have, I apologise, but it’s not about me, it’s about this Football Club and, together, we’ve all got a lot of work to do on Saturday.

“Technically and tactically, we’ve worked hard over the past couple of days to make sure we are ready for the weekend.”

The tussle with the Tykes presents the Dons with a chance to move within just three points of the top two, Swindon Town and Bristol City, who are not in league action this weekend.

He said: “We understand that’s being spoken about. We’ve got some big games coming up and I’m excited at what the league is going to throw at us. I know my team will be 100% prepared and 100% ready for them.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to move four points away from Preston in fourth, but if we don’t win, we are still close to the top two and we’ve still got to play them both again.”

Former Barnsley man Devante Cole could make his Dons debut on Saturday after joining from Manchester City on loan until the end of the season – Robinson’s second signing in a week after the capture of Jonson Clarke-Harris.

He concluded: “Benik leaving was well documented but for us to get the strikers in so early, it shows you that we’ve learnt from last January and we are moving forward.”

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