Neilson confident MK Dons’ ‘A game’ will be enough to see off Gillingham

SAFETY IN SIGHT - MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson
SAFETY IN SIGHT - MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson

MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson is banking on his players producing their ‘A game’ when they take on relegation-haunted Gillingham on Saturday.

The Gills travel to Stadium MK aiming to call a halt to a run of three straight defeats that have seen them drop to 19th in Sky Bet League One.

Both Port Vale and Shrewsbury below them have games in hand, and Gillingham are desperate for a win to ease their relegation fears.

They will be aiming to get that this weekend, and know that if they can turn over Neilson’s men then they will move level on points with the Dons, who currently sit in a healthy looking 15th place.

It is a big game for both teams this weekend, but a relaxed Neilson believes his team will claim the precious points they need to secure their onw league one status, providing they are at their best.

“There are a lot of teams in the same situation, ourselves included, where they are just trying to get the points on the board,” said the Dons manager.

“Gillingham have found that difficult recently, but the focus this weekend has got to be on us.

“If we turn up and get our A game out there, we should win the game.

“We want to win as many games as we can, I said that as soon as we came in because it is about winning football matches, and we have had little highs and lows since we have been here.

“But the focus is on Saturday – hopefully we can win that and then we’ll move on to Charlton on Tuesday.”

Dons have no fresh injury concerns, and Saturday should see the return to the squad of Dean Bowditch, who missed last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Port Vale due to illness.

Neilson also confirmed that Darren Potter is available to start the game, if selected.

Potter has not been playing in recent weeks as there was a clause in his contract that guaranteed a new deal if he made a certain amount of starts.

Neilson has revealed though that the player has decided to waive that arrangement, saying: “Darren will be available for us for the rest of the season.

“To Darren’s credit, there was a clause in his contract but he decided to waiver it because he wants to help the team out.

“Once we get the points on the board we’ll discuss things with him.”

Kick-off at Stadium MK on Saturday is 3pm.