HE admits it’s going to be tougher than on Sunday, but Dons manager Karl Robinson insists he’s going to London Road to win.
Tonight’s (Thursday) League One play-off semi final second leg with old rivals Peterborough marks what could be a pivotal moment in Dons’ history – the prize being a place in the final at Old Trafford on May 29 and the chance to play Championship football next season. And Dons go to Posh with a 3-2 lead to defend.
But despite their aggregate lead, Robinson says he won’t be setting his team up to ‘park the bus’ – but rather to go looking for goals.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position where any result will do. But we’re not going there for a draw – we are going there to win,” said Robinson.
“If we want to go through then we have to be even better than we were on Sunday. I think we’re under more pressure because we’re leading. We are going fully confident though.”
And the fact that Dons are on the brink of making more history isn’t lost on Robinson who has enjoyed a highly successful season whatever the outcome in the second leg.
He said: “We have already made a lot of history this year. This is the first Dons team to play at a Premier League ground, and the first to beat a Premier League side.
“We’ve had some of the greatest games this club has ever seen this season and had a few unbelievable performances. Now I’m just asking for one more.”
With the potential for extra time and penalties at London Road, the boss has prepared his side for the lottery, but believes they will show enough on the night for the tie to be wrapped up within 90 minutes. The squad practiced spot-kicks in their final training sesson this week, and Robinson says he backs his men to win in any circumstances.
“The boys didn’t even look tired after the game on Sunday,” said Robinson. “They looked like they were ready to go again and that’s brilliant for us. And hopefully that will continue into Thursday.”
Celebrations at the end of the game at stadium:mk were somewhat muted compared to previous matches there. But Robinson told his players that the victory was only a job half done, and that the hard part was still to come, so there was no point in going over the top and give Posh more motivation to hit back.
“We wanted to show them the utmost respect. I think that if you go and celebrate and take the plaudits it’s something that could well come back to bite you. I wasn’t disrespecting the fans, but I didn’t want to create any signs of the tie being over.
“This is half time and we’re determined to get through this tie, so we won’t make any apologies. We are 100 per cent drilled and focused on an excellent night on Thursday.”