DONS boss Karl Robinson has taken a rather unusual step in naming his starting line-up to play Oldham Athletic in their final game of the season on Saturday.
Dons travel to Boundary Park already assured of a League One play-off place, and Robinson hasn’t hidden the fact that he was considering resting some of his key personnel. He’s therefore taken the decision to name his starting eleven so that fans who head north won’t be disappointed to see Dons field a weakened side on the day.
Robinson’s men need just a point to make sure of a fifth place finish this term, with a defeat leaving the door open to Bournemouth who would leapfrog over Dons with a win at home to Rochdale. As it stands Dons will take on local rivals Peterborough United in their play-off semi-final, but a change in league position on the last day will result in a two-legged clash with third placed Huddersfield Town instead - a side who have beaten Dons twice this season.
If Dons finish in fifth place then their first leg against Posh will be on Sunday May 15 at stadium:mk, with a 12.15pm kick-off. The return leg at London Road will then be on Thursday May 19 at 7.45pm. A semi-final against the Terriers will instead mean a Saturday home leg and Wednesday night trip to Yorkshire.
The team to play at Oldham features just two players who started in Dons’ win over Notts County last time out, with Stuart Searle replacing David Martin in goal and Sean O’Hanlon the only survivor from the back four. Keanu Marsh-Brown also keeps his place in the side, but otherwise it’s a completely different line-up, including Sam Baldock being rested and younger brother George getting a run out.
Starting line-up Vs Notts County: Martin, Lewington, Doumbe, MacKenzie, O’Hanlon, Marsh-Brown, Gleeson, Leven, Chadwick, Powell, Baldock.
Side to play Oldham: Searle, Woodards, Flanagan, O’Hanlon, Chicksen, Clayton, G.Baldock, Balanta, Ibehre, Marsh-Brown, Guy.