MK Dons -vs- U's: Opposing Q &A!
Q:Sorry to start controversially, but having become a respected lower-league force, do you think MK Dons have finally got over their initial image-problem amongst even some of your own fans as a "fake" football club?
Hell, we got over it quite a while ago and quite revel in our notoriety, but a very tiny minority of other football fans seem to think they are being original by singing songs to wind us up; let's face it - how much response is there really to our: 'You're getting beat by the franchise,' song?
The media stoked things up and while we struggled it was a hiding to nothing for us, but after winning League Two, the JPT and doing well last season, it seems were no longer interesting. There's no news in a successful franchise, is there?
Q: Roberto Di Mateo - was his departure inevitable?
Yeah, another media-induced departure that we expected. If a big team wants to throw shed-loads of cash at us for a lower league unproven manager, who are we to say no...?
We've bounced back three times from this situation Allen went to Leicester; in came Ince (double-winning season). Ince leaves for Blackburn; RDM comes in and we finish third!
Now RDM is gone and this year's manager (Ince, take two!) will do much of the same I believe t(hen probably leave again) ....kerching!
Q: Phil Ifil, who had been dropped from Colchester`s first-team, had a trial with you but didn`t sign. What happened and did your fans get a chance to take to him?
I believe he played in a friendly and if i remember correctly he was ok, but at that time we had a load of trialists floating around the place.
I've seen him play for you and I wouldn't have minded seeing him join us. I think it was a case of having x-amount in the kitty and Incey saw the priority in another area of the squad.
Q: Lewis Gobern, however, has singed for you; what kind of an impact has he made so far?
Lewis has mainly been used as a sub. I really rate him; he's a lot like Mark Wright, but quicker - more skillfull and a fighter... so not like Mark Wright at all really!
Ince currently favours others in the starting line-up, but I'm sure Goby will play a very important role and be used to destroy defences towards the end of a game. He's a great crosser of the ball but don't expect him to score too many. Definitely a good signing.
Q: Just exactly how high are the expectations on the returning Paul Ince this season?
It's a case in my book of 'he owes us' - with him last season there's no doubt he'd have got us into second spot and into the CCC. He needs to find his feet again, evaluate what was left by RDM and gell the new players he's either inherited or brought in himself.
It's taken two/three games, but it's getting better every time and we got our first win on Tuesday, so we're up and running now!
Q: Keith Andrews has fared a lot better than his ex-manager at Blackburn; however would you take the midfielder back, given the chance?
I owe 'Keet' an apology; i thought he'd bomb in the Prem but fair play to him, he's doing very well.
Being an unforgiving sort of soul, if he had explained his departure and said sorry, of course, I might take him back. He was the driving force behind the double-winning season and I'll always be grateful for what he gave us.
Q: stadium:mk has the potential to become a 45,000-seater.
Could you fill that and how often is the ground full now?
For now it's 22,000 and we're restricted to 18,000 (which we'll hit four or five times this season). It's roughly half full every home game now - for us oldies, that's in division three which is fantastic!
The stadium was always about the future, not simply today and if we get into the CCC there'll be approaching 22,000 every home game. The upper-tier won't be buil for a while, but we know it won't take long to put 10,000 seats in on the top deck.
Milton Keynes is set to double in population in the next 20-25 years, so we'll have a new generation to help fill the place. You'll notice the changes in West Stand from your last visit, the exec boxes are close to completion, the directors balcony is open and the hotel/restaurants, open during September.
Q: Colchester United are top of the league going into this game - do you still expect to beat us?
I don't see why not; all 100% records end at some point and we've yet to lose or concede a goal in the league, despite a makeshift back-four and having ten-plus players injured.
You're not going to want to come and defend from what I've seen, so it plays into our hands and suits us; i think we'll modify our formation due to the injuries we have, which ironically will give us more fire-power.
We've not hit top gear yet and Easter is threatening to murder defenders, with Jabo as his henchman working well alongside on Tuesday.
I'm really looking forward to playing the current top side in the division!
Q: Do you have any particular reaction to the big U`s events of the week that saw Paul Lambert quit the club?
Er, totally unbelievable!! It truly is the epitome of lack of respect towards your club (as much as Norwich sacking Brian Gunn). Football has gone bonkers!
I've not rated Lambert as a manager from when he was at Wycombe, but walking out on you shows a lack of confidence in what he'd done as well as particularlly poor judgement.
He's ten days from the transfer window closing at a club with shrinking resources and is going to be stuck with a squad you embarrassed. The return is going to be very interesting...
Q: Not the U`sual - predict a score for the match...?
I'm going for a 1-0 Dons win, in a truely outstanding match of good passing football and-end-to-end excitement.
Have a safe trip to MK!
Internet based RadioMK has a Friday night footie phone in between 6-8pm, and have asked Vital U's to promote it, via this preview. Listen at this link.
This Friday they'll be talking about the upcoming League game with table-topping Colchester and chewing the fat over their midweek win against Tranmere.
Will the fact that the visitors have no manager have a bearing on the game?
Will Martin Allen be the new Colchester boss? Will the division's second-top scorers be the first to score against the Dons this season?
Can the Dons overcome their injury problems to beat the league leaders?
There are two guests on the phone tonight, one is a well known figure at Colchester United and the other is a well-known MK Dons fan.
They'd love you to either phone, text or email us with you views on the way you think the game will go and talk to us about anything else you consider needs to be discussed.
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