All Rhodes lead to stadium:mk

Jordan Rhodes YPN-150608-203036061
Jordan Rhodes YPN-150608-203036061

MK Dons will have their work cut out this weekend as they take on Player of the Month Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn Rovers.

Scottish international Rhodes scored five of Rovers’ seven goals during September prior to the international break, but it has hardly been a breathtaking opening to the season for the former Premier League champions.

Sat 15th in the table with 11 points, Rovers, like Dons, have only won twice this season. Fans were made to wait until their eighth game in the Championship before celebrating a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

Dons meanwhile are without a league win since August 18 against Bolton Wanderers, and only a 94th minute equaliser from Daniel Powell against Bristol City last time out ensured they wouldn’t spend the last two weeks at the foot of the pile.

Blackburn is a club close to Karl Robinson’s heart, having followed Paul Ince to Ewood Park in 2008 when the former Manchester United midfielder was hired as manager.

While Ince’s tenure was short-lived, Robinson was part of the following administration too. Under Sam Allardyce, Robinson was part of the coaching staff before he was recalled to stadium:mk as Ince began his second spell at the club.

“It was the first game I looked for,” said the Dons boss. “I had an unbelievable time at Blackburn. I left because of my affinity to Paul Ince and how much I respected him.

“It was great for me there. It was run as one of the best clubs in the country at that time. To see it fall the way it has is disappointing.

“It is a club that has had great times. It has a great training ground, and a great fanbase. Not many could have done what Gary Bowyer has done. He deserved all the credit he can get. They’ll pose a really big threat.”

The clubs have met just once in the past - a Capital One Cup lash back in August 2012. That day, a Luke Chadwick brace in the second half put Dons 2-0 up against the side then in the Premier League before David Goodwillie pulled one back for Rovers in the 2-1 defeat.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer