CHARLIE MacDonald is exactly the sort of calm old head you want around the place when you’re fighting for promotion, and he says he’d love to be the man to fire Dons into the Championship.
The 31-year-old’s only experience in the play-offs came when his Southend United side lost to Doncaster Rovers at the semi final stage in 2008 – the year before Dons were knocked out by Scunthorpe.
But unlike that Southend side that lost 5-1 on aggregate to Doncaster – who went on to beat Leeds in the final – he says the current Dons squad has heroes all over the pitch who could win them the big games.
“The strikers are usually the heroes and that’s why their transfer fees are often the highest,” he said. “But we’ve got quite a few match winners in our squad.
“Just look at the amount of goals we’ve scored this year and how they have been shared out. We have a lot of players who can pop up and score a goal.
“The lads are all in the same mindset. It could be the biggest games in our careers, but the lads are calm.”
And MacDonald says the feeling in the camp ahead of Saturday’s first leg against Huddersfield is excitement rather than nervousness as Dons aim to seal a place in the Wembley final.
“It’s massive excitement,” he said. “We’ve worked hard all season to be in this position, and it’s a great position to be in. You’ve got to feel honoured to be able to take the season on for a little bit longer and give yourself the chance of playing Championship football.
“Over the course of 46 games we’re on a par with each other and the two 1-1 draws we’ve had show that there was nothing between us.
“They’ve got some really good players, but we’ve got some great players as well, and we can look forward to a really entertaining match. Obviously it’s going to be tough but hopefully we’ll come out victorious.”