Robbo wants a Carling Cup reunion

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KARL Robinson has his eyes set on a money spinning tie against some old friends in the second round of the Carling Cup.

Tonight’s (Thursday’s) draw could see Dons take on Championship and Premier League opposition in the next round, and while Robinson said he doesn’t mind who he plays, a return to some of his former clubs he said would be the ideal draw.

“I want a draw that can bring us in some money and can generate a cash flow that helps the club survive,” he said. “In an ideal world, Liverpool for obvious reasons, West Ham to meet up with Sam (Allardyce) or Blackburn because of my connections there.

“You’re always looking for clubs where there are people you know, who you can pit your wits against, but I want to go up against a manager who has experience, been there and done it so I can go up against the best.

“And the players are no different.”

Dons are no strangers to big draws in the Carling Cup. After dispatching Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round last season, Dons took on Premier League new-boys Blackpool at stadium:mk. The dramatic 4-3 victory after extra time set up another mouthwatering clash in the next round against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

And having played a strong Tottenham side in pre-season, Robinson is keen to let his players loose on another top side to prove themselves against the best.

He said: “Tottenham really whet the appetite a little bit to play against big teams.

“They were very strong in that game, but I can’t see a team in the second round of the Carling Cup putting out a team as good as we saw that night. And we coped and played fantastic football.

“We want to play a team who can push us defensively, test our forwards and ask questions.”

But while a win in the next round could prove advantageous for the money men at the club, the inevitable fixture congestion isn’t something the manager wants to think about too much yet.

Robinson said: “I want to win games, it’s a habit you can’t avoid in this industry. Where that takes us, we will see. Will it create a pile-up? Yes. Will it help the physical element of the team? Probably not, but if you win, you don’t feel tired. The most important thing is that if you win. An unfit winner tends to run further than a fit loser.

“The thing with these cups is that it generates cash flow for the club, and that will only help us in the future. We have assembled a squad strong enough to cope and I want to test them.

“It (fixture congestion) didn’t help us last year. We came off it very tired. I don’t agree with it, but I can’t change it. We only need to worry about what we can control, embrace it and do the best we can.”

The Carling Cup second round draw will be made tonight (Thursday) after the conclusion of the Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool game.”