Swindon match is a must win for Dons

Dons celebrate scoring against Swindon.
Dons celebrate scoring against Swindon.

Taking on Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday won’t decide anything in the League 1 run-in, but it’s a must win game for MK Dons.

Karl Robinson’s side head to Wiltshire for the televised fixture knowing that a win will see them leap-frog Mark Cooper’s men into third place with seven games to go, while defeat will almost certainly rule them out of the fight for automatic promotion.

These games are wars from now until the end of the season.

Karl Robinson

Having had their fight derailed, then miraculously re-railed again in the space of a few weeks in the last month or so, all eyes from League 1’s other high flyers will be on the County Ground for the lunchtime kick off.

Matches between Swindon and Dons have notoriously had a competitive edge to them.

Last season, George Baldock’s stoppage time wonder strike earned Dons all three points against the Robins, though neither side had much riding on it.

But the magnitude of the forthcoming match in particular isn’t lost on Robinson either.

“These games are wars from now until the end of the season,” said Robinson. “We have to come out victorious.

“We know the importance of this game. We’re not playing it down, or building it up.

“The league table will tell you how big it is. We’re so excited by it now.

“I love it. It’s good. It’s what we do our job for. It’s what the fans want. It’s why we all want to be part of it. We want to do our job in front of as many people we can.

“I’m sure there’ll be a big crowd at the County Ground. It can’t come soon enough.

“We’re playing really well. That can give us tremendous confidence going into the game.”

Dons go into the game having picked up seven points out of a possible nine, but in fresh condition and frame of mind after a two week break between games.

Swindon too were given a break courtesy of the international break, and off the back off three consecutive wins, leaving the match finely poised.

And though there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way, the match at the County Ground could well be a key moment along the way.