Ben Reeves eyes a turnaround after Dover win

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Goal scorer Ben Reeves hopes the 1-0 win over Dover in the FA Cup can be the start of a turnaround for MK Dons.

The win ended a run of three defeats in a row, but it was far from routine as Dover made it tough for the League 1 side.

Reeves scored the only goal after 51 minutes to put Dons through, and paid tribute to the visitors.

“They made it tough for us,” he said. “We started positively and I think we should’ve put a few early chances away. But credit to them, they grew into the game.

“We came out in the second half with a bit more fight.

“The goal calmed the nerves, but in the later stages, they threw on some big lads and put long balls into the box, but in the end it was good to get through it.

“George (Baldock) said to me before the game that I’d score. I was lucky to get in front of the defender.”

And with the win, Reeves believes Dons can put a run of wins together to turn their ailing season around.

He said: “That’s the main thing, we need to get wins. If wins come ugly, they come ugly. Hopefully, it’ll spur us on to more wins.

“I’m happy to be playing more, but the important thing is to get results.

Teams go on runs like this all the time - Manchester United are getting written off in the Premier League. But as long as we stick together, the results will come.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t score more goals, or weren’t as inventive as we were before, but there’s some relief.

Dons get back to League 1 action this Saturday with a trip to leaders Wolves.