So much is riding on the Swindon game, says Robbo

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

Beating Swindon on Saturday could be Dons’ biggest win of the season, according to boss Karl Robinson.

With Walsall taking on Wolves, a victory for Dons at the County Ground could see them jump up to seventh in League 1 - just one place outside the play-offs.

With that in the back of his players’ minds, Robinson knows that climbing the table will ask some serious questions of the money-men at MK Dons.

“This is a cup final. What a ding-dong of a game. We have put ourselves in a position to go and beat Swindon at the County Ground. It could be our biggest win of the season.

“It’s a massive afternoon. With Walsall playing Wolves - if we win, we could go seventh. What an incentive that is. One place outside the play-offs.

“And if we do, we’ve got to have a serious look as a football club - do we bring players in and do we go for this? It’s as simple as that.”

Dons’ injury list is long and seemingly growing by the week, but Robinson hopes to have Dean Bowditch back on the bench, though he’ll only be fit enough for 10 minutes on the field.

However, he admits he will be making a few changes to his side which could act as a wake-up call to one or two.

“I looking to make two or three changes for Saturday. Some players need a rest, some need to realise where they are.

“There will be some impact changes, and one tactical change. We feel we’re going there and change the shape.

“We are going to try and challenge Swindon in a different way.

“We are hoping maybe Dean Bowditch might be on the bench. It’s a small chance, but he might be able to manage 10 minutes.

“But when it comes to filling a bench, I’d rather have Dean Bowditch there than nobody at all, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. It’s a debate I’m having with the physio!”

Robinson was once a familiar face at the County Ground. Having signed for the Robins as a YTS when he was a teenager, injury prevented him from appearing in Swindon colours.

But he still holds fond memories of the town, and the people there.

“It has a special place in my heart because it’s where I grew up,” he said.

“I’m going to meet the family I lived with on Friday, I’ve not seen them for many years.

“I got signed when I was 15, and I lived here for three years as a YTS and a young professional. But I got injured and didn’t play for a long time.

“Some people there really looked after me. For a young boy from Liverpool, not to play football for 13 months was very difficult. But they helped me through it.

“It’ll be nice to see them. One of them is my ex-youth team manager’s wife, and the people from the digs. It’ll be nice because I’ve still got some of my best friends in Swindon.

“I always enjoy going there. The results haven’t been overly favourable, if I’m being honest.

“It’s a nice place for me, but it’s a difficult place for the club. But regardless of my feelings, they’ll have no relevance come 3pm.

“They’re very similar to us, they’re very unpredictable. They can blow teams away.

“We know how difficult it’ll be, and the County Ground is a tough place to go.”