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SWINDON TOWN: Robinson thinks Town have improved this season
MK DONS manager Karl Robinson believes the Swindon Town team this season is better than the side which reached the League One play-offs last term.
The Robins visit stadium:mk in search of their first away league points and first away league goals of the campaign on Saturday, and the hosts’ boss is wary of an outfit he has been impressed by over the early weeks of the campaign.
Robinson said: “I remember... losing last season because Dean Lewington got sent off. The games have always been very close.
“We were top draw against them here last season, but their team is better than last year. The new chairman and new board and the injection of cash has done them good, and we're looking forward to it.
“Swindon has a place in my heart, living there for three years and being part of that club. I think both sets of supporters will be looking forward to it.
“It was the first time I lived away from my parents and the people of Swindon were very good to me.”
The Dons’ manager was taken aback by Town spending £400,000 on Massimo Luongo last week, although his knowledge of Swindon’s recent history leaves a little to be desired.
“When you spend £400,000... wow,” he said. “Where does it come from? When you go into administration for the third time and you can go out and spend that...
“We are competing with teams spending this money. They've got the Tottenham connection too, with Nathan Byrne and Massimo Luongo. They've got Nile Ranger who is a big player. They have top players all over the park. It's surprising how many players they've been able to assemble not long out of administration.
“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing Swindon, but I think we played against most of them in the friendly with Tottenham.
“Early kick-offs change things a little bit, with the way you eat, times you go to bed and wake up so they're raring to go.
“We are waiting on Dele Alli. When you take a kick like he did on Tuesday, it takes a while to heal. We will have to wait until Friday to see whether he will train and be ready for Saturday.”