A BUSY Christmas period can make or break a team’s season, and Karl Robinson is readying his troops for the battle ahead in the second half of the season.
Saturday’s home game with Oldham Athletic will be the first at stadium:mk in nearly a month, and the Dons manager is looking forward to getting back out in front of the club’s fans and hopefully giving them something to cheer about.
Dons have lost their last four, but remain just four points from the League One play-offs - and although nobody would like to admit it, four points from the relegation zone too.
But Robbo believes the busy festive period will see his side regain some form and see the table start to look like what it might come May.
He said: “This could make or break a season because there are so many matches in quick succession. If you win five or lose five, it’s a massive gulf - 15 points would be a huge ask to claw back.
“The difference between Christmas and the last busy period we went through is that we were the only team playing that number of games.”
Robbo is urging fans to turn up and get behind their team in a big way through the busy period, starting with the visit of the Latics on Saturday.
“I understand the economic climate is not ideal, especially with Christmas around the corner,” he said. “But the fans are a necessity for us. They are so important for us, especially at home matches.”