Away days don’t scare us now - Gorman

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DONS have no fear going on the road after their 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient on Tuesday, according to John Gorman.

The assistant manager praised his players in the aftermath of their exciting clash at the Matchroom Stadium, and believes that they have put their away form hoodoo behind them.

Dons began 2011 with two wins, no draws and eight defeats away from stadium:mk, but have picked up valuable draws against Orient and Exeter, and stole a late victory at Dagenham last Saturday - an important stat going into another two away games before they return to home soil in mid-February.

“We have no fear of going away from home now, none whatsoever,” said Gorman. “Now we have a few results I think we can go on and pick up wins on the road.

“And Orient are on a good run, especially at home. They beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 on Saturday, so when they were leading 2-1 they must have been full of confidence. But we showed great character to get back in it.

“Stephen Gleeson came up with his wonder strike, which we have been encouraging. We have asked him, Mark Carrington and Peter Leven to shoot from distance, and we did it.”

Karl Robinson was forced into making a number of changes to the defence before the game, but Gorman praised the back line, and singled out Adam Chicksen for a great performance, playing in both full-back positions on the night.

He said: “Before the game we were a bit unlucky. We had to change things at centre-half with Gary MacKenzie taken ill and Sean O’Hanlon not fully fit, so we had to go with Dean Lewington in there and Chicksen at left-back.

“Young Chicksen was great at left-back and at right-back, against both wingers, and kept them very quiet all night.”

Dons’ new confidence on the road faces a stern test when they head to Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night - three days before they go to Sheffield Wednesday on February 5.