Dons plot first home win of the season

MK Dons
MK Dons

DONS’ best ever start to a league season will count for nothing unless they continue their impressive run against Chesterfield on Saturday, according to Karl Robinson.

The Dons boss has watched his side record three straight victories in all competitions, including winning their last two League 1 games away from home to lift them to third place in the table.

But it’s at stadium:mk that Dons are yet to pick up a win and Robinson is determined to do that on Saturday against a Spireites side who have suffered a tough start to life back in the third tier.

“The start could have been better because we wanted three points against Hartlepool,” said Robinson. “But it’s in the past – as are the victories – so we’re just concentrating on Saturday.

“Chesterfield are a good team with a good manager. I’m sure they’ll find their feet soon enough, I just hope it’s not on Saturday!

“We’re very happy to be on seven points at the moment – it should have been nine but we’ll fight this weekend to make it 10 points from our four games. We know there will be a very good team standing in the way though, trying to stop that from happening.”

John Sheridan’s men have picked up just one point from their first three league outings – scoring just a single goal in the process – and also had an early exit from the Carling Cup. But Robinson is still wary of the threat last season’s League 2 champions pose against a Dons defence still finding its feet after a hectic start to the campaign.

He said: “They have a strong squad and have brought in some great players in the summer. We’re looking at our strengths but we have done a lot of research into our opponents, and we need to work on it in training.

“The hard thing we’re facing at the moment is not having enough time on the training pitch, but we will work hard in the classroom to make sure we are prepared to take on Chesterfield.

“They have a diamond formation which we have struggled with in the past. It will be a tough game here and it’s something we know we have to turn up to.

“We have taken a lot of criticism over the past three or four weeks for the back four and they’ve stood firm and been magnificent.”

Saturday’s game will be Dons’ fifth in 14 days and after a few members of his squad picked up knocks in Tuesday’s win at Yeovil, Robinson is still a long way from knowing what his starting line-up will be.

“Stephen Gleeson and Gary MacKenzie have had knocks, Luke Chadwick didn’t play on Tuesday, plus Jabo Ibehre and Angelo Balanta haven’t trained today (Thursday), so we’ll see how we get on,” he said.

Whoever does start could come up against former Dons loan man Mark Randall. The Milton Keynes born midfielder featured 16 times for Dons in 2010 and after his release from Arsenal joined Chesterfield in the summer.