HIS manager described it as a ‘wonder save’ but David Martin believes he was just doing his job when he kept out Steven Gregory’s strike in the final minute before Jon Otsemobor scored an even later winner against AFC Wimbledon.
As is becoming common practice for the Dons keeper, Martin was left feeling like a spectator for long periods in the game, barely having a save to make, although he was disappointed to pick Jack Midson’s second half equaliser out of his net.
But having hardly touched the ball for the majority of the 90 minutes, he had to be on top form to keep out Gregory late on when he pounced on Darren Potter’s mistake in midfield, which gifted the AFC man a sight of goal.
“That’s what I’m there for,” said Martin. “It’s great to make a big difference in a big game, but I’m just glad it’s all over now.
“We had a lot of possession, but even in the last minute, you have to be ready for that save that can make a difference. Fortunately, I could get enough on it to knock it round the post.
“It would have been a fairy tale for them to go 2-1 up in the last minute, but I’m paid by MK Dons and it’s a great thing to make a difference for whatever team you play for, especially in a unique game like this.”
The tumultuous atmosphere is probably felt more by goalkeepers as they stand directly in front of the visiting supporters at stadium:mk, and particularly in fixtures such as Sunday’s. But Martin was expecting much worse from the 3,030 travelling AFC fans, especially when they broke ranks onto the pitch following Midson’s equaliser.
He admitted: “It wasn’t too bad being in front of them - I thought it was going to be much worse to be honest.
“It was a bit hairy when they came onto the pitch when they scored, but they were fairly well behaved. You can understand the emotions involved in this game, they will overflow sometimes and scoring was a great moment for them.
“They didn’t really show any aggression towards me, so I was happy to back off.”