Dons must harness Burnley pain against Reading

Reading and Dons drew 0-0 earlier this season.
Reading and Dons drew 0-0 earlier this season.

Tuesday night’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Burnley should be used as motivation as MK Dons take on Reading this weekend.

Manager Karl Robinson wants his players to remember the disappointment of their heaviest league defeat since 2010 as they take on the Royals at stadium:mk on Saturday to ensure they learn from their mistakes.

Reading and Dons drew 0-0 earlier this season.

Reading and Dons drew 0-0 earlier this season.

The result, which saw Dons concede four second half goals to the rampant Clarets, leaves them just two points above the relegation zone in 21st spot.

Robinson said: “It’s important we dwell on it and remember the score. We did this to teams last season, and Burnley were getting it in the Premier League. At some stage, everyone down here will get one of these results.

“We’ll use Tuesday as a driving force and hopefully we’ll get the result we’re looking for against Reading.”

The visit of the Royals though comes at an ideal time. Reading have struggled for form in the last six weeks, tumbling from Championship play-off contenders to bottom of the top half.

Robinson knows though Saturday’s game won’t be as simple as it looks on paper.

“We have to keep going, another top team,” he said. “And we say that every week. That’s the quality of the Championship, it’s like every game is a cup final.

“The intensity is high for everyone. That’s the biggest difference we’ve noticed.

“We could rest players in the last 20 minutes in League 1, or players could come off it in preparation for the next game. We can’t do that until the 95th minute now. We know how hard it will be, but we’ll prepare properly.”

Dons held on for a 0-0 draw when they visited the Madejski Stadium back in August, and arguably could have won the game, though Simon Church saw his strike come back off the upright in the second half against his former club.

Though only the fourth game of the season, Reading were still seeking their first win of the campaign, but went on a remarkable run of seven wins from eight following the goal-less draw.

Robinson added: “It was a good result when you see the ones that followed for Reading. That was a really testing afternoon, but we hit the post at 0-0 and could have won it.”