Dons just have to keep winning says Gleeson

Stephen Gleeson celebrates his goal against Brentford
Stephen Gleeson celebrates his goal against Brentford

Dons will play badly for the rest of the season if it means they’ll win more matches according to Stephen Gleeson.

The vice-captain, donning the armband in Dean Lewington’s absence, scored the vital second goal with five minutes to go against Brentford to see out back-to-back wins over the Easter weekend.

But the midfielder feels he has been struggling for form recently, but will happily play badly if it means the team winning.

Gleeson said: “We’ve played games where we’ve been brilliant and lost, but in the last two we’ve been terrible and won! I think I’ve got two or three goals though – football’s a funny game sometimes.

“It’s a team game, it’s not about me. If I’m going to play badly and we win every game to the end to the season, I’ll take it.

“In the last two games, we’ve been terrible with the ball, but brilliant without it.

“The pitch at Hartlepool was terrible, and we got a bit of luck with the sending off. And against Brentford, we chased the ball for about 20 minutes in the first half.”

“Personally, I feel I’m struggling for form at the moment so to pop up and score a goal like that makes it look a lot better.”

With their backs against the wall for long periods on Easter Monday against Brentford, Dons’ defence stood firm. In the absence of suspended Antony Kay, Mathias Doumbe has partnered Shaun Williams in the centre of defence and has looked in impressive form, while stand-in keeper Ian McLoughlin is finding his way between the sticks. Manager Karl Robinson also admitted that full-back Adam Chicksen needed three pain-killing injections to play on Monday.

But despite Brentford’s pressure, Gleeson didn’t think they were ever going to make a break-through.

“As a defensive unit, I never felt we were going to concede.

“Mathias Doumbe has come in and been brilliant, Ian has grown into his role more and more too. It has been a weird weekend for the way we want to play, but we’ll play like that every time if we win.”

Taking six points from six means Dons are still in with a slim chance of landing a top six finish. Dons are currently 10th in League 1, eight points from the last play-off spot with six games remaining.

But there are still big challenges to come, in the form of Crawley on Saturday and play-off contenders Swindon the following Tuesday.

And Gleeson thinks the Easter victories will mean nothing if they can’t continue to win games.

“They can’t get rid of us at the moment,” he said. “But it makes Saturday and Tuesday massive again. We need another six points from those games to be really back in it.

“We’re still in there and still fighting.”