Robbo’s proud to see Albie’s achievements

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There will be a familiar face among the Bristol City starting line-up on Saturday - one that Karl Robinson cannot wait to get reacquainted with again.

Aaron Wilbraham is Dons’ second all-time leading goal-scorer, and left the club in 2011 as he joined Norwich City in the Championship.

The Canaries earned promotion to the Premier League, and Wilbraham was an often-used substitute in the top flight.

He moved to Crystal Palace on a free transfer the following season, helping them to another Premier League promotion, but was released at the start of the summer.

Wilbraham signed for Bristol City to rekindle his relationship with another former Dons striker in Sam Baldock, before Baldock was sold to Brighton before the transfer window closed.

Now 34, Wilbraham has shown he hasn’t lost his goal-scoring touch, hammering home eight times already this season. And although Robinson lost him nearly four years ago, he feels Wilbraham’s legacy can still be felt around Milton Keynes.

He said: “He was an absolute credit to Milton Keynes, not just this club. He was a massive driver behind the Sports and Education Trust, behind local schools and community projects and really captured the city in the early days.

“I was so proud to see him leave here and go on to play in the Premier League, and doing what he’s done since leaving here.

“Hopefully we’ll accept the challenge with him on Saturday, but hopefully he won’t be one of the old foes who comes back to haunt us!

“It’ll be really nice to play against Albie because he’s someone I’ve got an awful lot of respect for.”

Although still only in it’s second month, Dons’ trip to Ashton Gate pitches first against second in League 1, with City threatening to open up a gap at the top of the pile, already five clear of Dons.

But having played some big games this season so far, Robinson hopes his players will be able to use it to their advantage.

He said: “I think it does (help), but this Bristol City side has some wonderful players.

“It’s a good place to go and play. The fans really get behind them. This year, we’re going there to play the best team in the league right now. We’re going into the lion’s den.

“We know how difficult it’ll be, but I won’t be judging my team on Saturday’s game. We have to go there and put a performance on.”

Arguably the biggest question on Dons’ fans’ lips though is ‘Will Grigg or Benik Afobe?’

Both have been in fine goal-scoring form so far this season, with Grigg netting six times and Afobe nine.

Robinson has rotated the pair regularly, but assures fans there is a science behind his thinking and squad selection.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Robinson said. “We already know who is playing in the next four games. We pick them based on fitness and which defenders they’ll perform best against.

“We have two wonderful strikers, three with Tom Hitchcock, and it is working so far.

“It is proven, every time we change it, they score. It’s a different way of doing it, and I can’t see many others doing it, but it’s a way of keeping two very talented strikers happy.”