Robbo: It’s two giants of League 1 going toe-to-toe

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KARL Robinson has thanked his backroom staff for helping to get the players ready for Saturday’s big League 1 clash against Sheffield United.

The Dons boss has been left frustrated by having to take on the unbeaten Blades so soon after Wednesday night’s win against Leyton Orient, but insists they are fit and ready for the challenge ahead of them.

“It’s a ridiculously quick turnaround,” he said. “We would have liked an extra day’s rest obviously. To go into a Sheffield United tie after they’ve had 24 hours extra recovery time is a ridiculous ask, but it’s how we’ve been dealt with.

“I said at the beginning of the season about the Grand National theory of how high the fences are, and how fast you have to run between them. This is a very short sprint to the next fence, and you’ve got to be prepared to jump it – and we are.

“The boys did an extra session after the game on Wednesday until 12.15am. They stayed in the hotel and then they were shipped to the cryotherapy unit in Tring yesterday morning, so the backroom staff deserve a tremendous mention.

“I really want to say thank you to all of the backroom staff. This is not possible without them. The work they have put in over the last 24 hours has been remarkable.

“A lot of hours have been spent behind computers trying to get things right, a lot of man hours has been spent trying to put things into practice, and the players have the easy bit because they just need to turn up.”

Sheffield United maintained their undefeated start to the season with a 0-0 draw at Swindon Town on Tuesday night, and briefly sat top of the division until Tranmere won at Hartlepool on Wednesday.

Robinson says the stadium:mk clash will be “two giants of League 1 going toe-to-toe” and he can’t wait.

“The team that wins on Saturday will obviously be the team that deserve it,” he said. “Obviously we’re not in the same position as Sheffield United are. We’re not in the same sort of league as them in terms of what we can do behind the scenes, but we are fighting to get there.

“They have years and years of history, and an awful lot of tradition, while we’re trying to make our own. This is going to be a good one.

“It’s roll your sleeves up time. Let’s have a go at each other, and may the best team win.”