No room for friendship

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe

He may have been one of the heroes of last season, but there will be no room for niceties when MK Dons come up against striker Benik Afobe on Saturday.

Karl Robinson’s side slipped into the relegation zone on Saturday after failing to beat Fulham, held to a 1-1 draw after Mousa Dembele cancelled out Dean Bowditch’s first half strike.

This Saturday’s trip to Molineux will pitch Dons up against their former front man Afobe, who scored 19 goals for the club while on loan from Arsenal last season.

His big money move to Wolverhampton last January now looks a snip at a mere £3 million, with Premier League sides looking in his direction during the last transfer window.

But while it will be a fond reunion with Afobe, who returned to stadium:mk on the final day of the season to celebrate promotion with his former team-mates, Dons can ill afford to allow him to do what he has done seven times already this season in finding the back of the net.

Wolves were hotly tipped for a promotion push, but have lost more than they’ve won so far this campaign and find themselves 14th, with just five points more than Dons.

And Robinson’s men hold fond memories of Molineux, taking a spectacular 2-0 win in December 2013, with goals from Patrick Bamford and Ben Reeves enough to secure the surprising victory.

While the wheels came off Dons’ season that year, Wolves flexed their muscles and cruised to promotion.