Robbo wants one of the big boys for some January spending money

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Karl Robinson wants a big name draw in the third round of the FA Cup to get some January spending money.

MK Dons made it past Dover Athletic by a narrow 1-0 margin to book their spot in the third round for the third year in a row, courtesy of Ben Reeves’ 50th minute strike.

And with the Premier League and Championship sides coming in in the next stage, Robinson wants a big name to earn the club some money.

“We’ve become very fond of this competition. Now it’s a chance to get one of the big boys. I’d like someone who can bring in a bit of cash so I can buy someone in January. It’s about time we had that luck. The chairman knows we’ve had our ups and downs together.

“I’ll be giving him a call, letting him know that on the opening day of the transfer window, he’ll be getting another call from me!

“MK Dons fans can sit and watch the FA Cup draw with a smile on their face. Everyone wants a different team, they’ll all be hoping for their team to come out.

“I want to fill this place, or go to a big ground so I can get some money in January.”

Although Dons made it through, Robinson admitted that it wasn’t a convincing victory over non-league Dover.

But with eight defeats in their previous 11 outings, Robinson doesn’t mind how they come and hopes the win can act as a catalyst to get the League 1 campaign back on track.

“It wasn’t convincing, but we’re through to the third round. We’ve seen a team who have lost one in 14, and a team who have struggled. We were the better team, but we lacked confidence, an edge.

“They had plenty of confidence, they were on the front foot, and their fans were wonderful.

“But it’s the third round of the FA Cup for the third time in three years. It’s a brilliant achievement by everyone involved.

“I said to Gary on 88 minutes, ‘if we don’t concede, this could be the big turning point.’ The young players have dug deep today.”

Robinson singled out Samir Carruthers for his impressive return to the starting line-up having lacked confidence in recent weeks, but hinted that Jason Banton, who was withdrawn at half time for George Baldock to come on, may have used up his last chance at stadium:mk.

When asked about the Banton substitution, he said: “No comment. You know what it takes to play for this club. I think my demands and standards have been set, and I’ve drawn the line.

“Samir Carruthers stood out for me. He’s lacked a little bit of form, and energy and he has shown me he is coming of age.

“He’s a good player, he’s still a bit anxious and tried shooting from silly areas, trying to force the play, but he is a good kid and I’m proud of him. They are the standards expected to play for this club.”

David Martin’s return to the starting line-up lasted just 75 minutes as he was replaced by Ian McLoughlin late in the day, but the Dons boss insisted it was a planned substitution and back McLoughlin to regain some of his confidence.

“That was one of the bravest decisions I’ve made as a manager! Winning 1-0, with a keeper lacking confidence - Ian needs to stand up and be counted. And he did.

“David got 75 minutes, which was planned.

“Ian did wonderfully well, commanded his box and made one or two saves.”