THREE points to get the season started is ideal, but nothing more than that insists Darren Potter.
The 27-year-old player of the season scored Dons’ opening goal against Oldham in their 2-0 victory on Saturday.
But he is keeping a cool head, knowing there will be another 45 tough games to go before anything is decided this season.
He said: “It’s three points – that’s all it is and you can’t get carried away by it, we’ll just take it game by game and hopefully it’ll be the same outcome.
“It was a good victory. It’ll be difficult with teams coming here this season, they know what we’re all about.
“As a team, we’re a year older and we’ve added some new faces but our style isn’t going to change, but teams are wise to it now and are going to make things hard for us to play.
“That’s what Oldham did here, but we used our heads, soaked up a lot of pressure and looked comfortable.
“There’s no better way to start but you couldn’t get two more difficult away games coming up.
“Swindon are an unknown quantity in this division but have spent a bit of money – Bournemouth likewise. Both are going to be really difficult.”
The win over Oldham was tarnished slightly at the end when Antony Kay was given his marching orders for clashing with Oldham’s Robbie Simpson, but Potter thinks Dons will be fine without Kay and Stephen Gleeson – who is also suspended – for the next few games.
“It was handbags at the end, but I don’t really know what happened,” said Potter. “I know Antony felt aggrieved by something and he’s gone to make his point, but it has cost him a red card.
“It leaves us stretched at the back, and we haven’t got the biggest squad going. But I’m sure we’ll find a way around it. We always felt in control of the game.
“There’s always going to be altercations between individuals and it’s just unfortunate what happened at the end. He’s disappointed, he’s reacted and it has cost him.
“We’ve lost him now for the next three games and that’s the most disappointing thing. I don’t think you can ever gauge for a sending off, let alone two in two in the opening two games of the season!
“When you’ve got a squad as small as ours, it’s never going to help. But we’ll find a way around it.”