Dons boss Karl Robinson is trying not to get caught up in the importance of Saturday’s derby with Peterborough United, playing it off as ‘just another game.’
The rivalry between the two sides in the last 10 years has mounted as both have battled for League 1 promotion - something which Posh have achieved three times to Dons’ once.
Recent results have seen Dons close the gap to Darren Ferguson’s side to just three points, and a 2-0 win on Saturday would see Dons climb above Peterborough into the final play-off spot.
But despite the derby atmosphere, and what’s at stake, Robinson isn’t feeling the pressure.
“We understand why people are building it up,” he said. “But we’re under no pressure. We’re on a great run, and it’s just another game for us.”
The last three meetings between the sides, which include the 2010/11 play-off semi-finals, have seen Peterborough have the edge over Dons.
Stephen Gleeson’s controversial sending off and Grant McCann’s subsequent penalty in the first leg of those play-offs may still be fresh in the memories of the fans in the Cowshed, but Robinson doesn’t believe that is an issue any more, though he feels the recent game at London Road back in September is something he wants to avenge.
He said: “I don’t think there are scores to settle with Peterborough, because the past can’t affect the future.
“The biggest motivation for me is that we should’ve beaten them at their place. Their defence was out of this world on that day.
“The respect we have for them as a football club is remarkable, but we have to be on our A game because they’re as good as it gets in this league. It’ll be an interesting afternoon.
“They’re still one of the best teams in the league. They’ve got an unbelievable chairman who has fought for them, Barry Fry who has been around for a while and one of the best managers in the league in Darren Ferguson. It’ll be really difficult.”