Meet Peterborough United’s number one enemy

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes he is public enemy number one in Peterborough.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes he is public enemy number one in Peterborough.
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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson believes he is public enemy number one in Peterborough.

Robinson delivered some emotional comments ahead of this Saturday’s (September 21) big League One local derby at London Road.

He admits the memory of the last meeting between the clubs - a League One play-off semi-final tie in May, 2011 - still makes him bitter and angry.

Robinson claims his side were ‘cheated’ out of a place in the final by refereeing decisions. He also insists the two clubs ‘don’t really like each other’.

Robinson. who admits to a healthy respect for Posh boss Darren Ferguson, is predicting a hostile atmosphere at London Road to greet his unbeaten side.

Robinson said: “I can’t wait. It’s the fixture we all look for and certainly the one I looked out for first.

“It’s not a normal game, but we have to treat it like one. Internally, neither side will be treating it differently, but after the game, it’s sometimes worth a little bit more than just three points.

“I’ve missed it in the last couple of seasons because I love derbies and this is a derby borne out of us not liking each other.

“I think I’m public enemy number one in Peterborough. I don’t know what I’ve said or done, but I know it’s a place where I’m not liked.

“I know it will be hostile, but our players will be up for it. I am going to Peterborough with as good a team as I’ve ever had.

“But it’s also a very good Peterborough side. The work that Darren Ferguson, Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry have done at the club is remarkable.

“They’ve even spent a million pounds on a striker which is something I’ve never been able to do.

“We’re going into the lion’s den, but we’re going in fearless as I’m going there as the manager of a very good team.

“I am still bitter about the play-off defeat. I felt we were cheated out of the tie.

“The referee made an embarrassing decision at the end of the first game which cost us.

“We then went to London Road very angry and very bitter even though we were ahead. We actually didn’t really turn up.”

Posh were 3-1 down in the first leg of the 2011 League One play-off semi-final when they were awarded a penalty for an offence that took place yards outside the penalty area.

MK Dons also saw midfielder Stephen Gleeson sent off for the offence, but the red card was rescinded. However Grant McCann scored from the spot and Posh over-turned their one-goal deficit in the second leg.