THIRTY days stand between Dons and the second tier of English football, as the club prepares for the biggest month in its history.
Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Sheffield United booked Dons two dates with Huddersfield Town in the League 1 play-offs – kicking off on Saturday, May 12 before the decisive leg on Tuesday, May 15.
Lee Novak’s late winner for Huddersfield against Scunthorpe kept the Terriers level on points with Dons, but with two fixtures remaining in the regular season against Rochdale and Walsall, that all important fourth place is still very much up for grabs.
A second leg at stadium:mk should give Dons an advantage in the play-off lottery, meaning that beating the stuttering Yorkshire club to fourth place could be key if they are to stand a chance of making it into the Championship at the fourth time of asking.
Dons manager Karl Robinson and his squad of 17 players know exactly what is at stake over the next month. They understand the importance of the club winning promotion this season, not only from a football perspective, but also for the staff and fans who have shared play-off heartache in recent years, and for the town of Milton Keynes – a place desperate to be put on the footballing map for the right reasons, once and for all.