Robbo hopes Dons’ pressure can affect Preston

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Preston will have to look over their shoulders until the very end, vows Karl Robinson, after Dons kept within a point of the automatic promotion spots on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

While Simon Grayson’s side were 3-1 winners against Notts County to move within two games of the Championship, Dons ensured they aren’t going to coast into the second tier with a brace from Carl Baker following Dean Bowditch’s opener at stadium:mk.

They have to look over their shoulders all the time now, and come off the pitch and see we’ve won again.

Karl Robinson

On Saturday, Dons travel to play-off contenders Rochdale while Preston play fourth place side Swindon at Deepdale, with both sides knowing neither can afford to drop points in the run in.

With Preston in pole position though, Robinson admits he’d sooner have destiny in his own hands, but knows the Lily Whites will be looking over their shoulders at what Dons are doing.

“I’d rather be where Preston are,” he said. “It’s in their own hands. Everyone’s headlines would be different.

“But they have to look over their shoulders all the time now, and come off the pitch and see that we’ve won again. That in itself could motivate them, or create fear.

“They’re littered with quality, but we hope Swindon can perform the way we know they can.

“We can only control our own fortune. To be on 85 points is sensational. Our league form has been incredible. It has been an amazing season.

“We can’t do any more than 91 points, and that’ll be unbelievable. We’ll go into the play-offs as the best form team in the league, and that’s a tremendous incentive. We’re looking forward to it.”

Despite a goal-less first half, Dons always looked in control against Doncaster. It took a stroke of good luck in Dean Bowditch’s 66th opener, deflecting Mitchell Lund’s clearance into the net, before Carl Baker’s brace put the result out of reach of Paul Dickov’s side.

And their patience was something which impressed Robinson.

He said: “I thought we played really well in the first half. We were so patient and we always looked in control. Their record on the road this year is excellent. They’ve not lost in their last three and they still had a chance of the play-offs. It wasn’t a game we could just dominate and pick them off.

“That’s the first time all season we’ve had a fluke. We’re overdue it, and we need a few more!”

Both goal-scorers came off the substitutes bench to net for Dons, making it 12 in three games for the free-scoring side.

“The goals we’re scoring at the moment are scary,” Robinson added. “We’re playing so well. It’s 12 goals in three games and conceding one. Hopefully for us now, we can keep doing the right things. All we can worry about is Rochdale. We’ve got to do what we do best.”