KARL Robinson was encouraged by his side’s performance against Premier League Norwich City on Friday night.
Despite the 0-0 scoreline, the Canaries were the first professional side Dons have played during their pre-season campaign and looked comfortable throughout against the team playing two divisions higher.
Robinson admitted that while his side played well, there was still plenty to take from the game and a lot of room left for improvement.
He said: “Norwich are a very strong, competitive team that will fight to stay in the Premier League next season, so any sort of result against them is good.
“There are parts of the game I’m happy with, not happy with, but we are still two weeks away so there is a lot more to come.
“This is the first competitive game we’ve played, the first professional team we’ve played. So to jump from amateurs to Premier League is a big step.
“I thought in the first half we limited their chances and looked defensively very strong. Second half, we wanted to be more of an attacking threat and we changed the system to make that happen.
“The two keepers have had a good game today, but we’ve not conceded in four and at any level that’s good.”
The system change saw Shaun Williams revert to centre back for the second half after starting the game in midfield. And while it wasn’t as successful as the tried-and-tested system from last season, Robinson is convinced that with a few tweaks, it can be successful.
“We’re still trying new systems,” he said. “In the second half we reverted to our old system which seemed to work so much better, but it’s important that in pre-season you work on these things and get them right.”
Dons take on another Premier League test on Tuesday night, this time against Martin Jol’s Fulham at stadium:mk.
And with just a week before the return to competitive football, Robinson and his backroom staff are ready to put the players through a rigorous final week of training before they take on Cheltenham Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
“We have had a tough test, and another one coming up. We turned the heat up on the boys and they’ve worked fantastically this week,” said Robinson.
“Days off are limited now, we know how hard it’s going to be. But we have to be ready, mentally and physically for the start of the season.”