mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic at the Valley...
Football is funny old game. This Saturday’s match sees the Dons come up against former boss Karl Robinson, who takes charge of his first game as Charlton Athletic manager.
The Dons parted company with Robinson in late October, ending a partnership which had lasted six-and-a-half-years. The Liverpudlian became a popular figure with supporters during his time at Stadium MK and, as well as getting a warm welcome from his new fans inside the Valley, he’ll no doubt also receive a good reception from the visiting support too.
While this is a unique occasion for the Dons, facing their most recent manager in such a short space of time since his departure, this isn’t the first time they’ve come up against an ex-boss this season.
Back in August, Martin Allen brought his Barnet side to Stadium MK for a Checkatrade Trophy tie, which the men from MK1 won on penalties. Then, earlier this month, Danny Wilson’s Chesterfield visited Milton Keynes and came away with three points courtesy of a 3-2 midweek success.
Can the Dons get the better of their former chief on Saturday?
FIFTH TIME LUCKY AT THE VALLEY?
The Dons will be fully focused on securing a place in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup this weekend but in order to do that they’ll need to do something they’ve never done before.
In four previous visits to the Addicks’ home ground, the Dons haven’t tasted victory with their only positive result a goalless draw back in March of this year.
Their away form against Charlton is a stark contrast to their results at Stadium MK against the South East London opponents, where the Dons have only been beaten once and have won two of the previous three contests.
Their recent form against the Addicks has also been positive, having won two and drawn to of the last five meetings.
They’ll hope to continue that good form and finally get on the board at The Valley – a place they have to visit again in March, where they’ll plenty on the line in terms of league positions.
A win this Saturday in the capital would not only seal the Dons’ spot in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw, it would also see them record back-to-back victories for only the second time this season and only the fifth time in the last two seasons.
Heading into a busy and important stretch of league fixtures after this weekend’s game, starting with a home meeting with rivals AFC Wimbledon, momentum will be crucial for the men from MK1 and what better way to build that than by putting together a pair of victories.