Dons plan to sting Bees

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

MK Dons will look to upset the apple cart against Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday, and it will all rely on the coin toss.

Manager Karl Robinson has had a tumultuous relationship with Brentford fans over the years, including having a pint of beer thrown at him in after Dons’ 3-2 defeat in December 2012.

Not one to shy away from confrontation though, Robinson hopes to turn the tables on the Bees by making them kick the opposite way to the way they are used to in a bid to give his side the upper hand.

“We want to turn them around and have them kicking towards us in the second half,” he said.

“Hopefully we win the toss and we’ll try and upset the apple cart - but I think I’ll do that just by walking into the stadium!

“We’ve had some real ding-dong games there. We’ll have to stifle them in the first 20 minutes.

“Their stadium is a unique draw because of the intensity of the crowd. It’s one of the most intimate grounds in the country. You can certainly hear what everyone says to you...

“I can’t wait to go back. It’ll be an afternoon we’re all looking forward to.”

Brentford are currently enjoying their second season in the Championship, having won promotion a year before Dons.

But while the Bees adapted to life in the second tier with aplomb, Robinson doesn’t believe he can take much from Brentford’s model to avoid a relegation battle this season.

He said: “They were very clever. They spent a lot of money on some key players. We can’t liken ourselves to them.

“Last year, their sustainability was excellent and they were really on song. It’s a completely different Brentford side this year.”