Every game is a cup final for Dons

Dons lost out to Sheffield United last Saturday
Dons lost out to Sheffield United last Saturday

Karl Robinson believes Dons will be playing a series of FA Cup finals in coming weeks to keep their season alive.

Dons play Swindon, Notts County and Peterborough in seven days next week, knowing that it could make or break their fragile play-off dreams.

Dons sit ninth in League 1, six points adrift of Posh, who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

But with Darren Ferguson’s men having two games in hand over Dons, Robinson isn’t underestimating the size of the challenge.

“We have a series of FA Cup finals coming up from now until the end of the season,” he said.

“Every game is a must win for us.

“We have a big, big week ahead of us.

“But I don’t know what people realistically expect from me, because I have no players.

“The ones who are fit are giving everything they’ve got.

“We have 50 per cent of the side missing and we’re still in the top 10.”

Dons have 12 games remaining in the League 1 season, and currently sit ninth.

And with the obstacle thrown in their way this season through injury and losing key loan players, Robinson admitted, though he isn’t giving up on this season just yet, finishing in the top 10 will be a very good result for his young side.

“I think top 10 finish this season would be a tremendous positive for the club,” Robinson said.

“With all the kids who have come through, it’ll be a real achievement.

“If we miss out, we will be so much stronger next season.”