As an MK Dons Academy product, George Williams fully understands what Saturday’s clash with AFC Wimbledon means to the supporters but the defender also knows the importance of managing the emotions of a big occasion.
Williams, who has been involved in the last three versions of the fixture, will be looking to help the Dons complete a league double over AFC Wimbledon and secure a vital three points in their quest to climb the Sky Bet League One table.
“We know how much this means to the fans,” the 22-year-old said in an exclusive interview with REDDOT ahead of Saturday’s match.
“The reverse game earlier this season was brilliant – it was such a good result and, for me, it’s the game of the season so far. Now we’re fully focused on making it two wins against them this season.
“It’s important to remember, though, that it is just a game of football and not to get overly emotional with the fixture. It is important not to overhype it so we can concentrate on the game itself and getting the three points.”
This weekend will be the seventh time the two clubs have faced each other since that first meeting back in 2012, but this time around the fixture carries some added importance with two teams separated by just two points in the Sky Bet League One table.
Williams knows it’s crucial that he and his teammates secure maximum points.
“Without a doubt it is important [in terms of league position],” he said. “Right now we’re not in the best position and we all know that so every match is as important as the last.
“We need to make sure we get the three points to start climbing the table.”
Read the full interview with George in Saturday's edition of REDDOT, which will be available from sellers around Stadium MK and the Club Superstore at a price of £3.
REDDOT also includes notes from Andrew Cullen and Robbie Neilson as well as all the regular features - Bootroom, Cowshed Corner, Social Dons and the Last Word.