Dons aim to improve their Posh record

Dons vs Peterborough
Dons vs Peterborough

Karl Robinson will go to London Road on Saturday looking to improve his side’s meagre record against Peterborough United.

In his time in charge, Robinson has had the upper hand over Darren Ferguson twice - both at stadium:mk in 2011.

At London Road, it makes for worse reading - having lost on each of the three occasions he has taken a side there.

Last season, Dons couldn’t break through the defensive wall deployed when Peterborough were reduced to nine men, but got caught by Lee Tomlin and Britt Assombalonga in a 2-1 victory for the home side.

“I’ve not got a great record at London Road,” said Robinson. “Going there, we’ve always played well but we’ve never had the result our performance deserves. We need to go there and get a result.

“We need to go into the game full of hope that we can mount a proper challenge to Peterborough. We’ve not gone there and done that in recent years.

“This year, I feel we can go there on the front foot against one of the best squads in the league.

“I’m looking forward to going there - it’s a different MK Dons side going there, and it’s a different Peterborough team too, so it’ll be another exciting game.”

The manager has been keen to downplay the hype that has already surrounded the start of the season. After a high-profile Capital One Cup draw against AFC Wimbledon, Dons were then drawn against Manchester United in the second round.

And with a battle against rivals Peterborough at London Road sandwiched between the two games, it has fans whipped into a frenzy.

“We understand the surroundings, but internally, it’s just another game for us. We want to get something out of the match.

“If we can go there and win, it will be one of the best weeks this club has seen. There’s an awful lot at stake, but we can only get three points.

“My 100th competitive win as a manager was against AFC. In those, we’ve had an awful lot of highs, and I want to use those highs, and lows, as motivation in the forthcoming games.

“The team is in a very positive mind-set, but it’s all irrelevant. All the motivation, speeches, geeing up become irrelevant if we don’t turn up at 3pm.

“Every fan is getting excited for obvious reasons. This is probably the most excited they’ve ever been, and I understand that. But I haven’t been over-excited about anything yet, we conduct ourselves in the right way.”

Regardless of his approach, the mood surrounding the club will inevitably be on an incredible high should Dons come away with a result on Saturday.

But Robinson doesn’t believe that victory on Saturday won’t send out a warning to the rest of the league to sit up and take more notice of his side.

When asked whether it lay down a marker, he said: “Not really, no. A lot more needs to be done before we can do that. We’ve laid down our marker internally.

“The players have understood how good they can be, and how they have to fight if they need to. It won’t be something we’re getting carried away with.

“We’ll judge our start after 10 league games.”