Robbo not expecting an easy ride

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KARL Robinson is not expecting a repeat performance of last year’s 5-0 win as his side travel up to Hartlepool on Saturday.

Four different scorers got the goals against Pool last season, but Dons are sweating on the fitness of striker Jabo Ibehre going into this weekend’s clash.

The forward, who scored Dons’ second on Tuesday night against Leyton Orient, withdrew at half-time after coming down ill, leaving Robinson light up front, with Rowan Vine his only recognised striker fit.

But the lack of options up front do not worry the manager, and he hopes that a is side can repeat the performance seen on Tueday night, but with the result ending in their favour.

“I’m positive about the way we played midweek, which on most days would have been enough to win.” he said.

“We seem to be playing everyone in a good vein of form at the moment. It’s a good league – anyone can beat anyone, so you can never take any game lighter than the next.

“We are going to go up to Hartlepool and play a very professional style of football, and play to a similar standard as we did on Tuesday and hopefully we will get the right result.

“Mick Wadsworth will have them extremely well organised, and they will be hard to beat. But if we all do our job right collectively, that’s how we will win the match.

“We will be looking at them as a professional team, well organised, and it will be a tough ask – certainly not as easy as last year.”

As well as Ibehre, Robinson is sweating on the fitness of two key defenders, in Mathias Doumbe and Dan Woodards, while the fans will have to wait to see Sam Baldock and Angelo Balanta any time soon.

Robinson said: “We are waiting on the fitness of Mathias Doumbe who picked up an ankle knock, and Dan Woodards might yet be fit.

“Sam Baldock is still touch and go, but I don’t think he’ll be back for a few weeks yet.

“Angelo Balanta is making a speedy recovery and it won’t be long until we see them both out there again.”

Tuesday’s defeat saw Dons slip to eighth in the League One table, but Robinson said that his side is ready for the business end of the season, and for the tough run-in his side will face.

“February and March is the key part of the season. There are no coincidences that the best teams play their best football at this time of year. We have to make sure we are equipped for everything that teams have to throw at us.”