DONS’ local rivalry with Peterborough United is not lost on boss Karl Robinson who is looking to avenge their loss at London Road earlier in the season.
The 2-1 defeat in September was harsh on Dons according to their manager, but one that he believes can be overturned when the sides meet again on Monday, with Posh third and Dons sixth in League One.
“They were a very different team then. No disrespect to Gary Johnson (Posh’s former manager) but we are too from where we were at start of the season,” said Robinson.
“I thought we played really well there, and I felt slightly hard done by going behind the way we did because Mathias Doumbe slipped, but I thought we responded really well.
“I wasn’t happy at all with their second - Aaron McLean’s header from a set piece - but we went close on a number of occasions.”
The rivalry between the two clubs has brought some great encounters over the last six years, and Robinson has fond memories of one in particular.
“I remember the great game at London Road when Kevin Gallen and Keith Andrews got our goals, and the 1-1 back at stadium:mk - they were both great games.
“I think the rivalry stems from when we were in League Two, fighting for promotion as we were then.
“It’s brilliant - I love it. I’ve been brought up on derbies, and I love them. There is so much passion from the fans, and it’s a very healthy rivalry.”