HE might have the ‘Heel of God’ but Jon Otsemobor was stubborn as an ox when Karl Robinson told him to get off the pitch on Saturday.
The full-back, who scored MK Dons’ decisive winner against AFC Wimbledon with a nonchalant back-heel, pulled his groin muscle when chasing back against Brentford at Griffin Park.
But when he heard Robinson had used all three substitutes and Dons would have to play with 10 men, Otsemobor refused to come off.
“He’s a pain!” said Robinson. “I couldn’t get him off the pitch on Saturday. He asked ‘who is coming on for me?’ but I’d used all my substitutes, so he said he was staying on. He was in excruciating pain, but he said he wouldn’t let the team down. He couldn’t run!
“I was screaming at him to get off. He knew his groin had gone and he knew he’d be out for a bit, but he tried to stay on and do his best. It shows the sort of character he has.
“He won’t be fit for Saturday, but we’ve got Adam Chicksen and Mathias Doumbe waiting in the wings for their chance. We’ve got tremendous strength in depth.””
Otsemobor has quickly risen into a cult hero at the club since his transfer from Sheffield Wednesday in summer, and his FA Cup goal has seen him dubbed on social media by Dons fans as the ‘Heel of God.’
And while he pretends like it isn’t affecting him, his manager is convinced otherwise.
“Don’t you worry, he’s milking that!” laughed Robinson. “He tries to hide it, but deep down, he’s absolutely made up with that!
“He has become a Milton Keynes Dons legend forever.
“It was a wonderful goal against AFC Wimbledon, it was a great header against Colchester he’s just getting better and better.”