Karl Robinson admitted he’s winging it with his squad after it looked like he lost another first teamer for the season on Saturday.
Dons won their fifth away game in a row 2-1 at Sixfields against Coventry City, courtesy of Dele Alli and Izale McLeod’s goals which sandwiched Carl Baker’s before David Martin saved a penalty from the Coventry skipper.
However, Dons lost Dean Bowditch after just 10 minutes with a hamstring problem that looks likely to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.
And after losing Darren Potter and Ben Reeves already for the rest of the season, Robinson says he’s making the most of what he has left.
“It’s edged us towards the play-offs again, and the see-saw swings back in our favour,” he said. “It’s not been a bad day. Our performance last week deserved more than we got. But we’re back in it - and I don’t know how!
“I’ve got five subs, and four youth team players. I’m winging this one quite well, aren’t I?!
“We try and bring young players through. I’m made up with them.
“We have to build on it now. I’m happy!”
Alli’s goal a superb 25-yard volley into the top corner, marked yet another excellent performance from the 17-year-old.
And another 17-year-old, Giorgio Rasulo, made an impressive impact as he replaced Bowditch to play 70 minutes - his longest showing in an MK Dons shirt.
Alongside James Loveridge and Matthew Kennedy, both 19, Dons teenage attack caused havoc for Coventry in the first half - something which delighted Robinson.
He said: “Even before the goal, Dele worked his socks off and covered every blade of grass. His physical elements to the game are scary.
“It’s a wonder goal. There won’t be many like that in the country from a 17-year-old.
“But Giorgio (Rasulo) was very good. I’m so proud of these young kids. We’ve come on leaps and bounds.
“It’d be great to have a squad that could really compete because we’ve got everything behind the scenes. We’ve got youth, and we can build for the future.”