Dons’ priorities lie elsewhere but will treat Cup clash with respect

Cody Cropper is set to start against Northampton
Cody Cropper is set to start against Northampton

Karl Robinson has admitted MK Dons have bigger fish to fry than an FA Cup third round clash with Northampton Town on Saturday.

Dons face home games against Burnley and Reading immediately following the trip to Sixfields, with their Championship fate in the balance, just two points above the relegation zone.

The FA Cup

The FA Cup

Robinson says he will make sweeping changes to his starting 11 ahead of the trip to the League 2 side in a bid to keep his key players fit for the Championship campaign.

He said: “We have a game on Tuesday against a former Premier League club. In years gone by, we’d have been excited about playing that same team in the FA Cup. It’s the reverse now.

“We’ll make changes. We’ve got three games in seven days, and two of those are very big Championship games at stadium:mk.

“We want to beat Northampton obviously, and we’ll try and pick a team that will go there and get a result.

“The players will change, but we’ll give it the same approach we always do. From a prep perspective, it’ll be the same.”

Cody Cropper will start in goal, with David Martin ruled out with a shoulder injury, while Daniel Powell (hamstring) and Carl Baker (ankle) are also likely to miss out.

The Cup clash at Sixfields has now fully sold out.