MK Dons must avenge one of their worst performances of the season against Brentford if they are to avoid relegation.
Dons were humiliated at Griffin Park back in December, going down 2-0, in a performance manager Karl Robinson deemed worthy of a side heading for relegation.
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The Bees have been something of a bogey side for Dons over the years. Under Robinson, Dons have picked up just six points from a possible 27 from the Londoners, including throwing away a 3-0 half time lead to draw 3-3.
But Dons go into the game at stadium:mk knowing anything other than a home win will mean curtains for them, sending them back to League 1 at the first attempt.
“I believe we’ll win and we’ll still have hope,” said Robinson. “We have to. Whatever it takes, whatever pain your body takes, take it. We’ll do whatever it takes.
“(The game at Griffin Park) was poor. I said it because I believed that. There have been other elements why we are where we are: we don’t take our chances and we gift the opportunity to the opposition strikers. But it was a poor performance at Griffin Park, and we’ve got to turn it around at stadium:mk.”
Dons need to win all three of their remaining games, while relying on one of five other clubs to lose all of their other games. Two of Dons’ remaining games will be at stadium:mk, with a trip to Ipswich sandwiching visits of Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
While Brentford sit 13th in the Championship table, with nothing but pride left to play for in their remaining three games, Robinson is wary that playing at home, when the pressure is on, can be harder if the fans aren’t fully behind their side.
He said: “It’s hard when you’re playing under pressure, and the players don’t want to let the fans down. It makes playing at home a bit more difficult in situations like these.
“We have to turn it around somehow. If we don’t believe we can win, we’re wasting our time showing up on Saturday.”