Football - Robinson puts league above cup

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson is dreaming of Wembley - not in the FA Cup but in the npower League One play-off final.

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Saturday will be a historic day for the Dons. They will play in the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in their short existence when Barnsley visit stadium:mk.

Having already beaten Championship opposition in this season's competition in the shape of the Tykes' south Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and won so impressively away at QPR in the previous round, the Milton Keynes club will see the visit of Gary Flitcroft's side as a winnable tie.

Victory would put them just one game away from a Wembley appearance in the semi-finals.

But while Robinson acknowledges his team's achievement and the occasion, being careful not to undermine the FA Cup, he politely insists that the league remains his priority.

"I think it is a great draw for us. It is a tie both clubs and managers will look to win. They will see it as a winnable tie and so will we," said Robinson.

"The FA Cup writes some wonderful stories. This year it has done it for us. We beat AFC Wimbledon, we went to Hillsborough - the scene, as a Liverpool fan, of my worst FA Cup memory - we won at QPR.

"This club is breaking records and it will be a historic occasion for us all. It sounds weird to say it, but a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup is at stake.

"The FA Cup means everything to me, I love it. I've got a picture up on my wall in one of my rooms at home with my daughters holding the FA Cup. It means a lot to me that we can compete at this level and I'm looking forward to playing Barnsley.

"However, I would swap it all for a place in the automatic promotion spots. I've pictured Wembley. I've pictured the play-off final - that is when I want to be at Wembley."

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