Bolton Wanderers suffered a 1-0 defeat down in Milton Keynes back in August (an away defeat, surely not?). Ahead of that game we spoke to Dons fan Harry Wilmin, who told us to look out for Ben Reeves and wasn't a big fan of Rob Hall.
Ahead of the Buckinghamshire side's trip to the Macron tomorrow, we catch up with Harry to see if he's changed his mind on Hall and to get his thoughts on his team's performances this season.
Rob Hall doesn’t exactly have the best reputation with Bolton fans and you didn’t seem overly impressed last time we spoke, but what do you make of him this season? Do you want the club to sign him next season?
Although I was initially unimpressed with Rob Hall’s contribution at MK Dons last time we spoke at the start of the season, I am happy to admit I was wrong. Hall has been one of our most consistent performers this season and has contributed with a number of assists and two goals.
Do you have any thoughts on the current financial and on-field situation Bolton find themselves in?
Obviously it’s never nice to see such financial problems at any club, and it’s always the fans who end up suffering. But of course there’s people working at the club too who aren’t getting paid, so fingers crossed that everything gets sorted for them as well.
How do you feel MK Dons have fared in their first season in the Championship?
We’ve done very well. In the summer we lost a number of key players from the side that won promotion, with Dele Alli being the most notable in that list. We’ve only been in the relegation zone for a short period of time so far, so fingers crossed it’ll stay that way.
Last time we spoke to you, you said Karl Robinson ‘has done OK.’ Has your opinion changed on him this season? And how do you think he has adapted to life as a Championship manager?
Robinson will be judged on whether he can keep MK Dons in the Championship come the end of the season. It’s never easy when you lose your best players every year and are never given any resources to re-invest the money back into the squad, so he’s at a disadvantage there. But he remains a popular figure amongst the MK Dons faithful.
MK Dons have signed a player that Bolton were linked with earlier in the season, Nicky Maynard. How has he performed for you this season?
Maynard has done OK. He works exceptionally hard for the team, but he’s not the same player he used to be. Although he works his socks off, that alone won't keep us up this season, and Karl Robinson will be eager to add another striker to his books before the end of the transfer window.
Who’s the MK Dons dangerman we should be looking out for on Saturday?
Josh Murphy. A winger with lots of pace and an eye for goal. He scored in our FA Cup replay against Northampton on Tuesday night.
Do you think MK Dons will stay up? And are Bolton doomed to relegation?
I think it’ll go right to the wire for the Dons. We’ll need to maintain our good form at home if we’re going to stand a chance though, because we’ve not won on the road since the opening game of the season against Rotherham.
Sadly, I think the Wanderers will be playing League One football this time next year.
And finally, what’s your score prediction for Saturday?
Although you’re in a financial mess, MK Dons have not won a game away from home since August, and I think you’ve got the better quality of players to punish us. 2-1 to Bolton.