DONS’ FA RE­PRIEVE UP­SETS PLANS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

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

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