Barker hints at Robbo reunion at Charlton

Richie Barker could rejoin Karl Robinson at Charlton Athletic after lifting MK Dons out of the League 1 relegation zone on Saturday.

Saturday, 26th November 2016, 5:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:45 pm
Richie Barker

Dons 2-1 win over Coventry City saw Dons climb to 19th in the table, with City replacing them in the bottom four.

It was Barker's seventh game in caretaker charge of Dons, but his first league victory since replacing Robinson at the helm.

However, with Robinson installed as Charlton boss - Dons' next opponents - Barker hinted he may yet be in the opposite dugout next Saturday.

"It would be a little bit strange. We'll see, a week is a long time in football," he said after the game.

"It has been a great five weeks, the lads have been fantastic. And if it is my last game, it's nice to sign off with three points.

"I've done my best and worked as hard as I can. I've tried to motivate the players and keep them positive. They're a great group. I'm sure whoever takes them on next, if that's with me or not, they'll have a very motivated group.

"We've got a two week break before the next league game, and it would have been a long two weeks looking at that league table if we were still in the relegation zone. When you have a break like this, it's important you finish with something positive."

Ed Upson's brace either side of a Ben Stevenson rocket, and then sending off, ensured Dons leapfrogged the Sky Blues on Saturday, inflicting on them only their second home defeat of the season.

And given their record, Barker believes is shows just how impressive Dons' win is.

He said: "There's never a good time to come here, they've got one of the best home records in the league. Once the game kicks off, the behind the scenes stuff isn't an issue, like people have been saying at Stadium MK. But Coventry's home form shows how good this win is.

"It's a much needed win and a vital three points. It was a fantastic performance and very brave. The players have worked really hard in recent weeks, and finally we've got the reward.

"I felt Daniel Powell's effort (which hit the bar) was the best in the game until that point, Joe Walsh had a good header too.

"We were creating, but (the sending off) was a turning point. It was unbelievably brave from Dean Lewington to go into that challenge, seeing his studs up and knowing he was going to get hurt. But that is Dean Lewington.

"It can be tough playing 10 men, breaking them down, while making you a bit complacent and leaving you open at the back. But we stuck at it."