Karl Robinson thinks his side need to put up or shut up as they look to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against Brentford last weekend.
Ipswich Town are the visitors to stadium:mk on Saturday for the early kick-off game in front of the television cameras and take on Dons at their lowest ebb.
Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford, described as the worst performance of the season by the Dons boss, could easily have been six or seven in favour of the Bees at Griffin Park.
Robinson blasted his side after the full-time whistle, claiming Dons be destined for League 1 again if they played like that again. But after hearing his players’ desire to bounce back this week in training, Robinson feels talking up their chances can only do them so much good.
“We need to shut up a bit, stop talking and play to the whistle, then we can reflect,” he said.
“We can talk all we want about bouncing back, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. So I’ve told my players don’t tell me, show me. When you show someone, you’re doing it.
“They want to change their mentality, but ultimately we’re defined on the first whistle and final whistle.
“I will make changes, 100 per cent.”
Dons and Ipswich have only crossed paths once - a thrilling League Cup clash back in August 2007. Finishing 2-2 at full time and 3-3 after a dramatic Kevin Gallen penalty at the end of extra time, Dons eventually triumphed 5-3 on spot kicks.
This will be the first time Robinson has locked horns with Tractor Boys boss Mick Mccarthy too, though it may be a far more coy and agreeable Dons boss on the touchline on Saturday lunchtime.
Robinson said: “I remember when I first went to a League Manager’s meeting, I tended to agree with everything he said because I was scared of him! I’d heard a lot of stories about him!
“I’ve never managed against him. But he’s someone I hold in high regard. He’s astrong character.
“I know people who have played for him, and everyone seems to love playing for Mick. His sides always give their all with strength and desire. They’ll be well drilled. We have to be savvy enough to deal with that.”