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What we learnt: Robbie's presser

14 March 2017

Robbie Neilson is confident his MK Dons players will handle the occasion this evening at AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons make their first trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium tonight where they’ll be looking to maintain their strong record over AFC Wimbledon – the men from MK1 have won three of the previous four meetings between the two clubs.

“It’s the first time we’re going down there so it’s a game that’s been built up for a long time,” Neilson told the media in his pre-match press conference.

“There’s going to be a great intense atmosphere and a proper old school football match. It’s a game we’re really looking forward to.

“All the players know it’s a huge game, especially the ones who have been here for a long period of time –it’s been talked about since the fixtures came out.

“They understand it’s about winning the game for themselves, the Club and the fans.”

Here’s what else we learnt from Neilson’s press conference...

No fresh injury concerns...
“Everyone’s good (apart from Chuks Aneke and Scott Wootton). They all trained so they’re ready to go.”

Previous knowledge of the history...
“I knew a little bit about it but obviously not as much as I now know. It’s been drummed into me what this fixture means to the Club. It’s an interesting fixture but it’s one that we’re all looking forward to.”

Prepared for the hostility...
“Football is all about having intensity and going into these games with big expectations. That’s what you want. I enjoyed games like this during my time at Hearts..”




“Definitely. I think most of the teams around us in the league are in that situation as well, certainly all teams in the bottom half of the table. Since coming in, the points total we’ve been picking up game for game would take us around the play-offs had we been here from the beginning. We’re in good form and we’re in form that’s going to take us higher up the league and not further down, if we keep picking up the points in the way we have.”
needed to secure League One status...Results

“They’ve got some really good players. I know Lyle Taylor from my time up in Scotland. He’s got good ability. (Tom) Elliot up front is a good target man. They’ve got some good players in their midfield as well. Although it’s going to be an intense atmosphere and I expect it to be an old-fashioned football match because of everything that’s going on around it, there is a lot of quality in their team that we need to make sure we take care of.”
AFC Wimbledon’s danger men...

“Dean will come down with the squad – he’s the Club captain. George will come down as well. The players want to be there together. It’s an experience for us all and it’s one we all want to be involved in.”
Dean Lewington and George Baldock to travel...

“We put pressure on ourselves every game, no matter who we’re playing. We’ll make sure we prepare probably. We’ve spent the last few days working hard to make sure the players are ready for it and giving them the best opportunity to get three points.”
No added pressure...

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