Karl Robinson is hoping this season will be remembered positively by Dons fans after their League 1 play-off hopes were dashed by Swindon on Tuesday night.
Dons were 2-0 winners over Colchester with goals from Daniel Powell and Patrick Bamford, but Swindon’s 4-1 win over Crewe means Dons remain four points adrift of the final play-off place with only two games remaining.
Now sitting seventh in the table, and with their chances of promotion all but gone, the Dons boss hopes supporters will look back on the season and not see it as a failure.
He cited his side’s FA Cup run, which saw them reach the fifth round for the first time, and their determination to stay in the play-off hunt when all looked lost, as reasons to look back positively.
He said: “We’re still in the mix – we can still hope and pray. If Swindon don’t win on Saturday we take it to the last day, and that is a tremendous testament to us.
“We’re seventh now and we made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup – it has been a good season for us.
“We set our stall out at the beginning of the season to be out of this league, but we set up with all of our best players fit, and that hasn’t happened.”
While their chances of a play-off place are remote, they are not entirely impossible. Like Dons, Swindon take on Stevenage and Scunthorpe in their remaining two fixtures and Dons need them to drop points in both – though with a superior goal difference, Dons realistically need Swindon to lose one of those games.
But stranger things have happened, and Robinson is hoping that a bumper crowd for the last home game of the season against Scunthorpe on Saturday will inspire them to victory and leave them with something to fight for on the final day at Stevenage.
He said: “We’ve got to put a performance in on Saturday for our last home game. And let’s hope that if things go our way, it might not be our last.”