Dons ready to fly under the radar

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson is happy with the way his MK Dons side have started the Championship season but is still wary his side are underdogs at this level.

Having snatched a vital point at the death against Bristol City prior to the international break, Dons spent a week in Portugal sitting 19th in the table. This Saturday, they welcome 15th placed Blackburn Rovers to stadium:mk - a club very close to Robinson’s heart, but one he hopes will under-estimate his side.

“Blackburn is a club and a part of the world I know very well,” he said. “I’ve got tremendous affinity to them. I felt I left a little bit too soon. The club is fantastic, and the backroom staff I was there with were great too.

“They’ve had turbulent times with the ownership and everything has changed since I was there.

“These teams will look at us as a team who has just been promoted, and is down there. I hope people underestimate us.

“I think every manager now knows how well we’ve performed. But the league table doesn’t lie, even if our pride wants us to finish even higher.

Simon Church

Simon Church

“But we’re going into the game on a good run of form, not necessarily in terms of results, but performances. I think we can carry that on.”

Dons have accrued eight points from their opening 10 games, and while Robinson is satisfied with the total, he feels they’ve deserved more.

He said: “We should have got more. I can’t say anything bad about my players.

“There were 25 minutes when we got dominated at Bristol, but although it looked fortunate in terms of the time to score a wonder-goal, it was deserved.

“We’ve been excellent. I think the performances have been sensational. We’re a little bit unhappy with a few components, but I cannot fault any body. I couldn’t be prouder. I felt for the players over the last five games because we played so well, and we believed in what we did.”

“We’re sat 19th which for us is tremendous. We know how hard it’s going to be this year, but we’re proud of what we’ve achieved.

“I’ve seen some of the best performances I’ve ever seen from my team. But it has given us a stance to build on.

“If we can win on Saturday, we’ll really jump up the table. We’ve got a really busy week. But we’re fresh and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”