Don’t rule out Dons to spring the surprises

Carl Baker
Carl Baker

Flying under the radar may be one of MK Dons’ biggest strengths this season, according to Carl Baker.

Last season’s Player of the Year was one of the first to sign an improved contract at the beginning of the summer, tying down his services for the forthcoming season following promotion to the Championship.

But despite earning their spot in the second tier via automatic promotion, many have tipped Dons to go straight back through the trapdoor to League 1 at the first time of asking.

Baker though believes Dons are a better side than many have given them credit for and should comfortably stay in the division.

However, the realist in him would happily take just staying up.

“If someone offered me just staying up, I’m not going to lie - we’ll take that,” Baker said. “Amongst ourselves, we’re aiming as high as possible.

“Looking at last season, Bournemouth and Brentford, no-one would have expected them to go up or do as well as Brentford did.

“We need to believe we can upset a few people and upset a few people. Our main aim is to stay in the division first and foremost.

“I think we’ll know a lot more about teams than they’ll know about us. Teams will do their homework on us, but they won’t be used to taking on a team like us.

“Our style and philosophy will put us in good stead. We play in the right way, but we stick to our game plan, and in the Championship it’ll suit us.

“We’ve seen the papers and magazines tipping us as favourites to come back down, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing for us. We can use it as motivation to prove people wrong.

“There will be a lot of games we’ll go into with no-one expecting us to get anything out of it, but hopefully we can upset a few teams.”