IT was a late night for a lot of MK Dons players and staff as they stayed up to watch Andy Murray win the US Open – and Karl Robinson saw a lot of similarities between the tennis star’s fight for a first Grand Slam win, and his side’s quest for promotion.
Murray’s epic five-set battle with Novak Djokovic saw the Serbian fight from two sets down to take the final to the final set. But Murray’s desire to win saw him conquer the former world number one to claim his first ever Grand Slam title.
And his determination, Robinson believes, is mirrored in his Dons side looking to get out of League 1 this season.
“We need to keep creating, and keep believing that what we’re doing is right,” he said. “Like Andy Murray – he believed in what he was doing last night. He went a long time not being able to win a Slam, but he believed in his ability and came out on top.
“Football’s a lot like that. We believe in each other, and we know ultimately we’ll get it right at some stage.”
The Dons boss also likened Murray’s journey to that of chairman Pete Winkelman, who has fought for many years to get the club back to the level it was at when he took over.
Robinson said: “We’ll get the success that we deserve, the fans deserve and the chairman deserves. The work he has put in is remarkable.
“All the ups and downs he’s gone through in the last nine years are the same as what Andy Murray went through last night. Only the chairman has spread it across nine years!”