Saturday 1 October 2016

Chelsea distract from MK Dons' survival battle

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

MK Dons' Karl Robinson. Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images
MK Dons' Karl Robinson. Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Manager Karl Robinson is grateful MK Dons have additional time to prepare for today's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Chelsea after their disappointing defeat at troubled Bolton.

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Robinson will seek to mastermind a shock against the Premier League champions, eight days after a 3-1 loss to Wanderers which left his side two points clear of the Championship drop zone.

"We know we were poor on Saturday, the players know we well and truly underperformed. We've got another chance. With a late kick-off on Sunday we've a little bit more time to prepare and I can assure you we'll need it."

Robinson reckons the Dons are surpassing expectations this season after the departure of Dele Alli and others who had helped them to promotion.

"What day did the season finish last year? We knew from that day on we were going to be in a relegation fight We always knew this year was going to be difficult, but we've overachieved again.

"This group of players have got a tremendous belief in them and they're overachieving. We know we should be rock-bottom of the league, cut adrift by now. But we've stuck to our task."

The visit of Chelsea is far from being an unwelcome diversion in a campaign where Championship survival is the priority. "It's a nice distraction," Robinson said.

MK Dons v Chelsea BBC1, 4.00

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