Robbo: More signings to come

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KARL Robinson has hinted that there may be more player news on the horizon, after Daniel Powell signed a contract extension at Dons this week.

The manager said he was delighted to have signed up the 20-year-old for another two years, and suggested there was still more activity to come in the weeks ahead.

“He was someone who wasn’t getting a game in the lower leagues,” Robinson said. “And now he’s back scoring goals and terrorising defences.

“He’s definitely one for the future, and hopefully we should have news on a few more players very shortly as well.”

In another admission, Robinson said he’s finally beginning to look at the League One table. And he won’t be too displeased to see Dons up in fifth place, just three points from the final automatic promotion place and with a seven point cushion to Leyton Orient in seventh. Now it’s the right time to begin planning for the end of the season he says.

“I’ve said in the past that I don’t look at the league table, but I think now we have to judge where we are, and do things a little bit more calculated than we have been doing.

“And of course people talk - you can’t avoid it when your dad calls you and tells you results! But we have to keep doing our job.”

Friday night’s game against Walsall at stadium:mk will be another test of Dons’ resolve as the Saddlers look to escape the relegation zone, scoring five times in their last outing - a 5-2 win against Hartlepool which lifted them to within touching distance of safety.

The clubs met on opening day of the season at the Bank’s Stadium, with Danny Woodards’ first goal for the club being the difference as Dons won 2-1.

“They’re looking good at the moment,” Robinson said. “They proved, when we played there, that it’s a tough place to play.

“We went one up, and conceded a set-piece goal, but thankfully came back to win it, which was important for us at the time. But the way they are at the moment, they’re scoring goals at will and they’re trying to shore up the back four, so we will treat them with a lot of respect.”

Dean Smith took over at Walsall in January following the sacking of Chris Hutchings with the side rock bottom of the division. But under Smith, Robinson believes the club are heading in the right direction.

He said: “When he took over, he could only go one way! The players go out there and put in a bit more effort to impress their manager. But what is important is that after dragging themselves away from danger, they now have to maintain it.”

More than 10,000 fans turned out to see Dons’ clash with Peterborough on Monday night, and Robinson is urging then to get down to stadium:mk again as Dons look to cement themselves further in the play-offs, and maybe even launch a challenge to topple Huddersfield in second.

“I’m begging for the fans to come out on Friday night and get behind us, said Robinson. “You can see that when they’re loud, the players respond and we need as much support as we can get between now and the end of the season.”