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The Battle of the Exes

9 January 2015

There will be plenty of catching up to do on Saturday with three players set to come up against former their sides at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Dons duo Richie Barker and Kyle McFadzean both enjoyed successful spells with this weekend’s opponents Crawley Town, the former as manager between 2012 and 2013 and the latter as club captain.

The Reds, meanwhile, have striker Izale McLeod amongst their ranks and he still remains the Dons’ all-time top goalscorer after netting 71 goals in two separate stints in Milton Keynes.

“There are plenty of stories surrounding this game, with Izale McLeod, Richie Barker and Kyle McFadzean,” boss Robinson told Dons Player.

“Kyle was with Crawley for four years so for him it will be a different game. Richie is fond of his time there and he’s got some good memories. Richie took them to the higher echelons of League 1 and since he’s gone they’ve not managed to repeat that.

“Izale will, no doubt, look back on his time at MK Dons, both spells, and see it as a success with him still being the club’s all-time scorer.

“All three left their clubs with an awful lot of credit and when it’s like that, you’ll have a better taste in your mouth coming back up against them rather than a sour one.”

As well as the reunions, Saturday’s game provides the Dons with a chance to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats and continue their pursuit of League 1’s top two - the men from MK1 go into the weekend four points adrift of both Swindon Town and Bristol City, who occupy first and second place respectively.

Robinson added: “We’re fourth in the league and because we’re in a very competitive division, we want to get as many points as we can. In a strange way, I believe the two recent results will help us because there have been one or two things that have come out of those games that we feel we can improve on.

“The players have been magnificent this week. On Monday and Tuesday they were sensational with tremendous intensity and a real togetherness and hopefully we can move forward now.

“We’ve been working on how we want to play, how we want to do things better and how we can develop as a group. The players have certainly got closer together as a unit and they want to achieve things together.”

Tickets for this Saturday’s clash with Crawley Town will be available to buy on the day at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, priced at £22 adults, £14 for under-18s and £6 for under-11s.

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