The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SOUTHAMP­TON’S rise from League One to Euro­pean football might read like a fairy-tale, but af­ter see­ing the Saints first hand in mid­week, Karl Robin­son is hop­ing MK Dons can em­u­late the story.

The Dons went down 6-0 to Southamp­ton in the Cap­i­tal One Cup on Wed­nes­day, just four years af­ter they were in League One to­gether.

The Saints’ climb since has been re­mark­able, but with MK Dons now play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship for the first time in their history, boss Robin­son is look­ing to the Saints for in­spi­ra­tion.

“They’ve had multi-mil­lion­aire own­ers and they’ve re­built very well – ev­ery man­ager that’s come in has added qual­ity,” said Robin­son.

“They’ve sold play­ers and used the money to bring in bet­ter play­ers and sold them on. It’s an amaz­ing model.

“These are things we want to learn from our­selves, but I think we’ve shown how far be­hind we are. For me, that’s a tremen­dous learn­ing curve.

“We were beaten by an un­be­liev­able side, but my play­ers learned that the men­tal­ity of a top player isn’t just what’s in his boots, it’s what’s in his heart and his head too.”

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