Dons will have to spend if they want to survive

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Karl Robinson doesn’t want Dons to make up the numbers in the Championship, but admits it will take a lot of money.

Dons’ remarkable promotion on Sunday sees them go into the second tier of English football automatically, avoiding the roller coaster of a play-off campaign.

And with their future secured in the Championship, Robinson hopes the club can avoid a relegation scrap in their first season, but knows what it’ll take for that to happen.

“That’s our aim,” he said. “We don’t want to be a number. We need to spend money, we have to compete at that level.”

Nearly 17,000 people watched Dons win their final game, and with it promotion, on Sunday - their biggest attendance of the season, Manchester United game aside.

And after the drama of the final day, and with the incentive of playing football at a higher level, Robinson hopes more people from Milton Keynes get to stadium:mk next season to cheer on the side.

He added: “This city wants to grow, and football is a massive part of helping that.

“If we can grow this club, more people will start coming here, also as a tourist, to see what we’re all about .

“It’s a really exciting time for the club and hopefully we can go on and surpass this.”