THERE will be no time for MK Dons to get ahead of themselves after recording one of the biggest results in the club’s history.
Dons travel to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night, just three days after their incredible 4-2 victory against QPR at Loftus Road, keen to get their League 1 campaign back on track, having only played twice in 2013.
And while the players have gained national plaudits for their performance on Saturday, manager Karl Robinson wants to keep their feet firmly on the ground as they prepare for a hectic two months, starting at Huish Park on Tuesday night.
“You couldn’t wish to go there at a tougher time. This is a massive week for this club,” he said. “We have to get our feet firmly back on the ground because our game against Yeovil is massive.
“It’s my job to keep their feet on the ground. There were things I wasn’t happy with on Saturday, and things I have to get right. I’ve told them they can reflect on things in May. That’s now champions and the big clubs do it. Enjoy it in the summer.
“Go on your holidays, do your drinking, do your parties in the summer. Go away and enjoy it. Over the next few weeks, they have to dedicate themselves to the football club and make sure we can push our way up the table.
“It’s a big push because we’ve got game after game after game. We’ve got to be able to take wins and defeats hand in hand.
“We’ve got three or four games in hand over some teams around us and we’ve got to make sure we make them pay. It’s going to be a difficult time of year, but we’re ready to challenge.”
Robinson ranked the victory over Queens Park Rangers in Dons’ top three all-time results, but believes the win isn’t even their biggest result in the FA Cup this season.
“It was an iconic moment in the club’s history and one that will go down forever and a day,” he said. “They keep rewriting the chapters of this new and evolving football club. I don’t think it is (the biggest win in Dons’ history). I think AFC Wimbledon is probably the biggest result in the club’s history.
“I think the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final is up there too, and the big one for me is Stockport away (when Dons won promotion from League 2). If you asked me the three biggest, I’d say Stockport away, AFC and QPR.”
But for all Robinson tried to downplay the incredible achievement his charges put in on Saturday, there’s no getting away from the fact that it was an occasion that will live long in the memories of all Dons fans.
It’s not often any club can boast being 4-0 up away from home against opposition who play two divisions higher. And when Robinson looked up at the scoreboard between the two tiers of Dons fans to his right, he admitted to feeling a little anxious to see the clock tick over to 90 minutes.
“I wanted it to hurry up!” he said. “It was surreal. I was nervous. When I go to watch games and someone is winning 2-0, I’ll leave with 15 minutes to go thinking it’s game over. But when you’re on the touchline, you never feel that confident.
“When Bobby Zamora comes on, and when they score a second, you think ‘Oh no!’ but the way the players played was tremendous. You look up, you see the scoreboard, but I was just concerned that it still said 20 minutes to go!”
“It’s beyond all of our dreams and expectations at the beginning of the season. It’s the biggest cup competition in the world. The Champions League is only really for the top teams.
“You tell me another competition that can fulfil the hopes and dreams of amateurs, semi-professionals, professionals and internationals alike? There’s not another competition like that in the world.
“We played Cambridge City who were something like 100 places below us, and within three months, we’re going 4-0 up at Loftus Road.”