Danny Wilson is confident his side won’t be on the end of another mauling by MK Dons.
The Reds were 5-0 down at home to this afternoon’s opponents back in September, before three goals in eight frantic minutes restored some respectability to the scoreline.
But defeat was particularly hard to swallow for Wilson, as it led to the Reds going on a run of four games with just one point to show for their efforts.
“The five goals came out of the blue to be honest because it was a tight game for large parts,” reflected Wilson.
“And then to end up 5-3 was quite strange as well I suppose, but it proves we can score goals against them.
“They’re a very good side. They’re one of the best footballing sides in the league.
“They’ll definitely be challenging [for promotion] at the end of the season. The team has been together for quite a while, so I’d expect them to be one of the three or four teams challenging for a top two spot this season.
“It’s going to be a very tough test for us, especially because they are very good at home.
“But we believe we can go their and get a good result.”
Wilson will again be without key players for this weekend’s clash, including star striker Sam Winnall.
“We’ve love Sam to be back, but we just can’t rush his recovery,” stressed Wilson.
“Unfortunately that’s one of the pitfalls of a hamstring injury. We’ve had to be very careful with him because if it goes again then we’re back to square one, so we don’t want that.”
And with injuries still plaguing his team, Wilson is still hungry to sign new players before the transfer window shuts: “There’ll be an intent to sign someone, but whether or not we can back it up, I’m not sure,” admitted Wilson.
“There’s always an opportunity to add new players, but I’d be happy to run with this squad for the remainder of the season if we didn’t bring anyone else in.
“The problem is always when you get a run of injuries, which we’ve had and causes the problem.”
“However,” Wilson added, “there’s a couple of areas where we haven’t got strength in depth, so they’re areas we are looking at.”