Dons eyeing up League 1 title

Karl Robinson wants the League 1 title
Karl Robinson wants the League 1 title

Karl Robinson has his sights set not just on promotion this season, but getting his hands on the League 1 trophy.

This time next week, MK Dons could find themselves at the top of the table, with title rivals Swindon and Bristol City not playing on Saturday, while Dons take on Barnsley, and then Scunthorpe three days later.

And although Robinson admits he’d rather go top late in April, he believes his side are under the least pressure of the top three.

“We’re in a good position,” he said. “If we don’t make it, it’ll still be an amazing year. We’re under no pressure to do it, but we do believe.

“Belief is the biggest component - belief in ourselves, the fans, the board. It’s unrivalled compared to other years I’ve been here.

“I’d rather go top in the last weekend in April. But everyone told us we were relegation fodder, and now if we win the next two, we go top. I’m really proud of the players.”

In previous years, Dons have been guilty of folding under the pressure when the season came to the crunch.

This time around though, Robinson believes that their form already this season shows they deserve to be mixing it with the leaders, and if anything, need to be less ‘nice’ to teams when they come to stadium:mk.

He said: “For us to go to Bristol and perform really well, to beat Sheffield United there, good result against Preston - it makes it harder here.

“We give them more tickets than they give us, we let them put their flags up, we make it to nice for them here.

“We let their fans behind the goal and let them have a go at Dave (Martin)!

“I think the Manchester United game showed we didn’t get stage fright. And the world was watching, not just Milton Keynes. We can draw on that in the future.

“We’re ready. The motto under Rangers’ badge says ‘Ready’ and it might not be a bad idea putting under 
ours for the rest of the 
season.”