EVERY Dons player will be given at least 90 minutes of football on the club’s trip to Ireland, with a second friendly match now confirmed.
On Monday Dons will play their second pre-season friendly of the summer against Lenster Senior League side Bangor Celtic, just 24 hours before they take on League of Ireland Premier Division strugglers Drogheda United.
The ‘Drogs’ aren’t having the best of seasons, with just one win and eight goals to show from 11 home games, leaving them languishing second from bottom of the table.
But Dons boss Karl Robinson isn’t concerned with the form of his opponents, he just wants his players to be given a good run out before the League 1 season kicks-off in August. He’s also keen to try out new systems to accommodate some of the new players he has at his disposal this term.
“We’re looking for all the players to get 90 minutes over the two days, and there are a few things that I want to try, I want to try new systems,” he said.
“Shaun Williams has been exceptional while he’s been here and may force us into changing our system slightly. We’re going to work on two or three systems so we have a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C.
“That’s the important thing about pre-season, it’s not just about getting people fit it’s about getting people prepared for the season, and to go through as many things as possible that can allow us to win football matches.
“All the players have been excellent, and long may that continue. If they keep doing the right things, I’m sure they will only get stronger as the season progresses, but we have set some very good foundations that should stand us in good stead for the rest of the year ahead.”
>> Meanwhile closer to home, director of youth Mike Dove will take charge of the MK Dons XI in their game at Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday.
Kick-off against the United Counties League side at Willen Road is at 3pm, with the ‘Marshall Cup’ up for grabs.