The Milton Keynes Dons host Peterborough United on Sunday lunchtime, in the second of the npower League 1 Play-Off semi-finals.

Just two points separated the two sides in the League 1 table, with the Posh just pipping the Dons to fourth place.

Both sides won 23 matches during the normal season but who can add to that tally now the pressure is mounting?

Karl Robinson's side last reached the Play-Offs back in 2009, when they lost out on penalties at the semi-final stage to Scunthorpe United, who eventually secured their promotion with a 3-2 win over Millwall at Wembley.

They go into the double header with Peterborough with three defeats from their last four matches but the Manager knows that counts for nothing and he's only eying one thing on Sunday.

"Our plan is to win," he told the Milton Keynes Citizen. "There is no other thought on my mind. I back my team against anybody, and I know they will not let me or anybody else down.

"They'll make mistakes, but they will never give up, and that is the mentality we've got when you put that shirt on. The passion and drive we have will never fall short.

"I'd like to think that these players don't care about the occasion. They really don't worry about losing.

"When you eliminate fear, you become ultra confident. What will be will be, as long as we work hard and play the right football, fate will take care of itself," added Robinson.

Peterborough surged into the Play-Off places after Darren Ferguson returned to the club where he enjoyed previous success.

He enjoyed back to back promotions from League 2 to the Championship in his first spell and after a difficult time in charge of Preston North End, he's back to earn another crack at success with the Posh. Since returning to the club in January he's lost just five of the 24 matches, winning 50% so far.

Peterborough scored a whopping 106 League 1 goals during their 46 games and Ferguson believes there's more to come from his strikers as he told Peterborough Today: "Play-Off matches are like cup ties in that they can be tight affairs so it might take a bit of magic to win the game but we have the players capable of delivering those moments.

"As long as we keep our concentration at the back against a side with good players, there is no doubt in my mind that we have the players to hurt them at the other end.

"We wouldn't be human if there weren't a few nerves about, but I think I'm seeing anticipation rather than nerves in my squad.

"We are as excited about the matches as the fans. I'm looking forward to the challenge and so are my players," he added.


It's one all in the head to heads so far this season, with the home team coming out on top on both occasions.

The first meeting came back in September when Gary Johnson was in charge at London Road. Craig Mackail-Smith opened the scoring, for the home side, on 36 minutes only for Dean Lewington to equalise a minute later.

Aaron Mclean secured all three points for the Posh, with his goal two minutes after the restart.

The return fixture took place in March and the MK Dons ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a solitary strike from Gary McKenzie.

Sunday's match will be the 21st time the two sides have met and the Dons have a slight advantage in the head to head with eight wins to seven, while five games have ended all square.

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