Kay: ‘Promotion? Why not?’

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Antony Kay doesn’t see why MK Dons can’t get promoted this season, after they kept another clean sheet on the road on Boxing Day.

With a sizable gap now developing between the top four and the chasing pack, Kay doesn’t see why Dons can’t be considered as one of the favourites for promotion this season.

“Yeah, why not?” he said. “We were desperate to win today because everyone won. It’s far too early, but why not?

“We’re on a great run, but we’ve got to keep taking it a game at a time, starting with Walsall on Sunday.”

The 1-0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane was Dons’ 13th clean sheet of the season - already surpassing last season’s record of 12.

It’s a record that has seen Dons climb into the top two, just a point behind leaders Bristol City with a game in hand.

And Kay believes the difference is down to the summer signings of Kyle McFadzean and Jordan Spence securing a permanent move to stadium:mk.

He said: “Different personnel have come in - myself and Kyle have clicked straight away and we’ve got a great partnership. Jordan is here permanently too and we’ve got strength in depth.

“If you’re dropped, and you can’t moan because the players waiting on the sidelines are just as good. If you get promoted from this league, you’ve got to have that.

“As a defender, you need to keep clean sheets and we have that ability now. We know, with the players we have now, if we keep a clean sheet we’ll win games.”

Dons’ one goal victory at Meadow Lane was a stark contrast to the free-scoring game six days earlier at stadium:mk, which saw the boys from MK1 dismantle Oldham 7-0.

Kay, who missed a good chance in the first half, felt his side could have been high and dry and made life a lot easier for themselves.

“It’s a massive win, but if you’re looking back at it, I think we could’ve been out of sight. We had so many chances, but we’ll let the boys off because they’re probably sick of scoring at the moment!

“We’re playing so well as a team, and we need to continue that.”