Strikers must be deadly at this level - Robbo

Striker Simon Church. Pic: Lee Scriven.
Striker Simon Church. Pic: Lee Scriven.

Simon Church and Sam Gallagher will need to be deadly in front of goal if MK Dons are to deal with life in the Championship.

Having netted 101 goals in League 1 last season, manager Karl Robinson acknowledged there will be big difference to life in the division above, and it will come at both ends of the pitch as Dons vie to succeed in the second tier.

“The strikers need fewer chances to score goals,” he said. “There’ll be fewer chances for us this season so we need to be more potent. In both boxes, we need to be better.

“There will be a physical edge to it, but I feel we can deal with that. There will be a slight step up, but it’s not something we’re overly concerned with.”

But while there are concerns, Robinson is looking forward to the new season and playing at some of the most famous grounds in the country.

He said: “It’ll be great going to big stadiums and playing in front of big crowds regularly and seeing stadium:mk with over 10,000 for every home game this season.”

But while some quarters have tipped Dons for the drop at the first attempt, Robinson believes there is less pressure on his side than on other clubs in the league.

“There’s an awful lot of pressure on other teams who have spent a lot - that’s a different pressure,” Robinson added. “For me, it’ll be a year to attack and enjoy.”