Izale McLeod will bounce back from missing two sitters on his return to Fratton Park on Tuesday night, insists boss Karl Robinson.
Dons could only manage a 1-1 draw with the struggling south-coast club who are still without a League 1 win since October 2012.
Things just haven’t been going right for Dons recently, so no-one was too surprised when David Connolly’s flick header sailed over keeper Ian McLoughlin’s head and into the corner to give the home side the lead.
Shaun Williams’ superb equaliser five minutes later gave the Dons fans hope as they went into the second half.
But McLeod, making his first return to Fratton Park since his January transfer to Milton Keynes, was the focus of much of the Pompey fans’ chanting all night, and didn’t do much to help his cause by missing two straight forward chances to give Dons three points – the worst coming two minutes before he was replaced by Ryan Lowe.
But Robinson backed his striker to come good, despite not hitting the back of the net since his move to stadium:mk.
“Strikers can go through patches when nothing falls for them,” said the Dons boss. “But when one goes in, they’ll start flowing nicely.
“He’s a great lad, but he’s just snatching at things. There was a lot of expectation on him returning here, but I know it’ll make him a better player.”
Although they climbed one place to 13th with the draw, Dons are still without a league win since New Year’s Day and are beginning to run out of time if they’re going to mount a serious challenge for a place in the League 1 play-offs.