We aren’t scared of anyone says Robbo

Pic: Lee Scriven
Pic: Lee Scriven

So far, no-one on the football pitch has scared Karl Robinson into thinking they’re better than his MK Dons side.

Dons’ unbeaten run in League 1 continued to a sixth game on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Swindon Town at stadium:mk.

Having already played hotly tipped Preston and Sheffield United away, and picking up four points from the games, Dons remain right in the mix at this early stage of the season.

And of those games, Dons have rarely been out-played by their opposition. The opening 45 minutes at Deepdale saw them under the cosh from the home side, but the second half saw the tables turned completely - so much so that Dons arguably should have won the game late in the day.

With things seemingly going right out on the pitch, Robinson admits that it’s not the football that has him worried.

“It worries me that Sheffield United have a new billionaire owner,” he said.

“It worries me that Swindon are getting all these top class players out of nowhere.

“It worries me that Wolves are one of the biggest teams ever to be in League 1, and it worries me that Bristol City are spending the money they’re spending.

“It worries me that there are a lot of big teams in League 1, but no-one has really frightened us.

“Mark Cooper said on Saturday that he felt playing us would be the biggest challenge facing his side.

“For them to say that to us is a wonderful testament to how far we’ve come.

“We’ve not spent any money and people are fearful of what we can do - we must be doing something right.

“Saturday should have been a win, and if you look back at the Bristol City game, I felt we did enough to win.

“I think we should have four more points than we have, and that would have put us in a wonderful position.

“It would have thrown us up the league, but it hasn’t done. You cannot dwell on that, you’ve always got to be on the front foot. I would have taken this start.

“But our performances have been really good, so I’m pleased with the way we have started.

“We have had a lot of players out, I feel we’ve lacked in certain areas but I know why, and those players are getting back to full fitness.”

The absence of Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell is something Robinson is quick to point out.

Bowditch, top scorer at the club for each of his two seasons at stadium:mk, began training with the players again this week after recovering from groin surgery, while Daniel Powell began running again after ankle ligament damage - neither of which have kicked a ball for Dons this season.

And their manager knows exactly what they’re worth to his team.

“We’ve missed them massively,” Robinson said. “They both get into double figures every year, and both have double figure assists - that’s 40 goals minimum when they play for a season.

“Last season, one was in, one was out and that’s when we went on that bad run. It shows the importance of the pair of them.

“When they’re fit, they’re as good as any in the league.

“They’re the best loan signings I could get!”

But with the pair still a few weeks away from regaining full fitness, Robinson will have to make do without them for the visit of Notts County on Saturday.

County currently sit bottom of the pile in League 1, but Dons will need to start turning draws into wins if they are to strike fear into any other clubs in the division.