Preston bout ‘nowhere near’ the biggest game

Karl Robinson and Simon Grayson LEP-141214-152003025
Karl Robinson and Simon Grayson LEP-141214-152003025

This Saturday’s automatic promotion battle with Preston North End is not the biggest game of Karl Robinson’s career - according to the man himself.

The Dons boss will see his third placed side take on Simon Grayson’s second placed squad at stadium:mk on Saturday as the pair lock horns for the final automatic spot.

Dons go into the game having lost four of the last six outings, while Preston are on an incredible run of five wins and a draw from their last six.

But while the stakes are high, Robinson says it’s not the biggest moment of his career.

“Nowhere near it,” he said. “I don’t know what all the hype is about. There are still plenty of games to go. After this, I think we only play one team in the top 10.

“I don’t feel any different going into any game at the moment. Every game I go into, I put pressure on myself to perform, and Saturday won’t be any different. “

In previous seasons, injuries have reared their ugly heads and caused havoc with Dons’ run in. Currently, Dons are without goalkeeper David Martin, who will have a fitness test on Friday to see whether he’s fit for Saturday, Dele Alli, George Williams and Dean Bowditch through injury, while Dean Lewington is suspended.

And with Dons in a bit of a dip of late, Robinson believes if those injuries hadn’t happened, his side would be better off.

He said: “In a few weeks, we’ll have everyone coming back to fitness. We’re just as capable as anyone of putting a string of results together. If we can get my best team on the pitch, we’re as good as anyone.

“You can’t compete without your best players. And when they’re not, you have to scramble through and get the best result possible.

“If all my players are fit, we’re more than competitive enough to go up automatically.”