Dons won’t change their approach for Posh

Pic: Joe Dent
Pic: Joe Dent

It may be the clash both sets of fans look to when the fixtures come out, but Karl Robinson insists Dons aren’t changing their plans because of their opposition this weekend.

Peterborough will visit stadium:mk on Saturday, looking to regain some form, but also to pick up their fifth consecutive win over the men from MK1.

Earlier this season, Kyle Vassell’s late brace consigned Dons to a 3-2 defeat at London Road - a game Robinson felt his side deserved more from.

However since the game back in August, Dons have gone from strength-to-strength and find themselves second in League 1, while Posh are labouring in 10th.

But derby days tend to be the great leveller, and Robinson is taking no chances against Darren Ferguson’s side but won’t change his approach to the game.

“It’s the one we look for, and the one their fans look for,” said the Dons boss. “On the fans’ forums, it’s the date no-one can wait for.

“We aren’t going to change our mentality going into this game. We understand the fans want to win it, and we want to win it. But we want to win everything. We know what it brings to our fans, but we can’t get carried away with that.”

Dons come into the game on the back of three tough away games at Bradford, Gillingham and Colchester, with just three points to their name for the hundreds of motorway miles added to their belts over the course of eight days.

But the win at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday night lifted them back into the automatic promotion spots. And for Robinson, it doesn’t matter how his side get over the line, as long as they do.

He said: “We’re happy, and we’re second. It’s not how you get there, it’s the fact that we are there that counts. There’s no point in worrying about any defeat. We’re extremely happy with where we are.

“We’re in a positive frame of mind. We’re looking forward to being at home more than anything else.”

Goalkeeper David Martin looks set to miss Saturday’s game with a thigh injury which has ruled him out for the trips to Gillingham and Colchester.

His under-study, Ian McLoughlin, struggled against the Gills, conceding four at Priestfield, but bounced back with a calming display in midweek’s 1-0 win.

“It was great for Ian to keep another clean sheet,” said Robinson, who was openly critical of the keeper last week. “I’m really pleased for him with that.

“He had one bad game, and one good game. We know how good he can be, and he’s kept a number of clean sheets in his time at MK Dons and we hope he can keep another one on Saturday.”