We are going there to win

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford

He’s public enemy number one, he has never won there and the play-off defeat still hurts him, but Karl Robinson cannot wait to take on Peterborough .

Dons and Peterborough fans share a prickly relationship, and the first meeting between the two sides on Saturday in more than two years will make for a hostile atmosphere in London Road.

Both sides go into the derby on top form, with Peterborough sitting second in the League 1 table and are scoring freely, while Dons remain unbeaten in sixth place.

Form tends to go out of the window on derby day, but Dons are without a win in Peterborough since 2009.

And Dons boss Robinson believes he is heading into enemy territory with a much better side than before.

“I think I’m public enemy number one in Peterborough,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ve said or done, but I know it’s one where I’m not liked.

“I know it’ll be hostile, but our players will up for it.

“I will be going to Peterborough with one of my best teams.

“I look at the back five - David Martin is older and wiser, my two centre halves are more mobile, Darren Potter wasn’t there last time, Luke Chadwick has found his position.

“I wish we had Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell, but Samir Carruthers and Danny Green are doing the business for us.

“And I’ve got Patrick Bamford going in on fire.

“But it’s a very good Peterborough side.

“We’re going in to the lion’s den, but we’re going in fearless.”