‘Robbie Neilson has added a much needed grit to MK Dons’

The MKFM Column, by Greg Burnet.

As well as presenting MKFM Drive every weekday from 4pm, I have the fortune of providing MKFM’s coverage of MK Dons throughout the season.

Having done this for four years now, I’ve seen some great moments at Stadium:MK.

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The 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United, the brilliant promotion season to the Championship and watching a young Dele Alli develop into the England international he now is.

This season, however, hasn’t had quite so many highs. After being tipped for an immediate return to the second flight, Karl Robinson’s MK Dons side never seemed to shake off the relegation mood and didn’t win in the league at home until December.

As much as it’s part and parcel of football, Karl’s departure was a sad one for many Dons fans, with him having become such a key figure in Milton Keynes after six years in charge at MK1.

Robbie Neilson seems to have added a much needed grit and determination to this Dons side.

With only a couple of additions in personnel, including the outstanding Harvey Barnes, Neilson has managed to steady the ship and subside the relegation fears that were rippling around the stadium after every home defeat.

Big victories such as his first home game against rivals AFC and the 4-0 away trip to Peterborough have settled Neilson into the hearts of Dons fans and he continues to impress with the fluidity of the formations he plays and changing things on the pitch, including the odd triple substitution, to get a result.

His plan now has to be how to improve in the summer. With many of the current players out of contract, Neilson has made it no secret that he’s planning a big reshuffle.

It’s a squad that needs investment and, come September, may not be a Dons squad we recognise; but hopefully one that wins a lot of games.

How great it would be if we could have another promotion season with over 100 goals. COYD.

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Listen to Greg on MKFM Drive every weekday from 4pm to 7pm. MKFM is on 106.3FM, DAB Digital Radio and at http://www.MKFM.com

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