DONS’ FA REPRIEVE UPSETS PLANS
WHILE MK Dons fans may be delighted that their club have been given an FA Cup reprieve, manager Karl Robinson admits it is a distraction he could do without.
The Dons originally lost their second-round tie 1-0 to Chesterfield but the FA have ordered the game to be replayed after the Spireites fielded an ineligible player.
On-loan Wolves defender Georg Margreitter didn’t have written permission to play in the match, meaning the clubs will meet again on January 2 with a game against Scunthorpe United the reward for the winners.
But Robinson says the replay has thrown a spanner in the works ahead of a hectic festive period.
“I don’t think it’s the right decision,” he said. “I don’t think either team needs that outcome.
“We have to play another game in the busiest period of English football. Then it’s Scunthorpe away and if we draw that, we play it again – so we have the possibility of playing three games extra.
“As soon as we were out of the FA Cup, we planned the next two months. Now we can’t plan a thing.
“We wrote a letter of support for Chesterfield – it’s a great football club. It was just a very minor error.”
BUSY: Karl Robinson