We will prove our naysayers wrong, vows Dons boss Robbo

Karl Robinson with chairman Pete Winkelman
Karl Robinson with chairman Pete Winkelman

Karl Robinson won’t listen to any negative talk about his side ahead of their opening day in the Championship this Saturday.

The club stand on the brink of their first season in the second flight, with curtain raiser against Rotherham at the New York Stadium.

But with many newspapers and magazines tipping Dons to return to League 1 at the first time of asking, Robinson has vowed to prove the naysayers wrong by approaching the season the only way he knows how.

“One or two papers have said we’ll be rock bottom,” he said. “They won’t be going up on the wall. But that acts as motivation.

“We don’t like being talked about in a derogatory way.

“We want to be the best we can possibly be. That’s all I can ask.

“I want to attack this in a different way. I’m a lot calmer. I’ve heard my fines will be more in the Championship, so I need to make sure I’m much calmer!

“We want to take this in our stride, because if we overawed and get excited, we’re in the wrong game.

“I know my players are good at what they do. We’re all close, and we’re going to have a right good time.

“We’re going to attack, be on the front foot, be exciting, and be a team no-one expects to compete.

“It’s a really exciting place to be.”

The historic season last time out, which saw Dons snatch automatic promotion at the very death, was described by Robinson as the greatest in the club’s history.

But surpassing the feat isn’t out of the realms of imagination for the manager, though he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

Robinson added: “It’ll go down as the greatest year in the club’s history.

“To get out of League 1 the way we did, to compete with the likes of Manchester United and to score the goals we did, and the clean sheets too.

“Last season was almost perfection - what Bristol City did was perfection. We were close.

“There’s always a way of surpassing it, but we have our own thoughts on that and we’ll keep that internal.

“Internally we know what we want to do, and we have a really clear view of what we want to do. We believe we have a really good group of players.

“There’s no point in setting targets that we can surpass really easily, we want to achieve something.

“From a financial perspective, we know how difficult that will be, but we are ready and willing to give it a try.”