IT’S no coincidence that Dons’ charge into the League One play-off places has come at the same time that goalkeeper David Martin has been enjoying his best form of the season.
The 25-year-old returned to Dons last summer after four years away with Liverpool, and after a slightly shaky start - by his own admission - he now says he’s moved on and become an even better player. And now he doesn’t want to let those high standards drop.
“I made one mistake against Stevenage, and I accepted that, but then everyone was gunning for me,” said Martin, who never made a first team appearance at Anfield but enjoyed loan spells with five other clubs.
“I had my dad and goalkeeper coach Paul Heald to stand by me and give me the belief in my ability. Sometimes things don’t go for you in games, but you can still come out on top.
“I believe in myself and think I can become a good player for Dons. You have to be a strong personality and have to believe in yourself week in week out. You can’t drop your standards because you’ll get found out.”
Tuesday night’s shut-out against Charlton made it four clean sheets in five games for Martin, with only the one goal conceded at Rochdale last weekend. And Martin acknowledges that he’s in something of a purple patch as Dons revel in their best form of the season. Now Martin admits he’s afforded himself a look at the league table.
He said: “I feel I’ve had a good season. Before the Stevenage game I had played well, but after that mistake people seemed to be gunning for me.
“But that’s football sometimes. I’ve been pleased with the things I’ve been doing this season so it’s about maintaining that for the last few games.
“The gaffer has told us to take it game by game, and it’s about getting three points from each game we go into. It’s great to have a few great wins in a row though, then you start to look at the table and think we can do it.”