DONS boss Karl Robinson and captain Dean Lewington share a brief moment that encapsulates the excitement and relief of the club’s 2-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon on Sunday.
With most of the footballing world against them for the FA Cup second round tie, Dons did the competition proud with a dramatic injury time winner in front of the ITV cameras and millions of viewers.
It might not have been their best performance of the season, but Dons’ victory was arguably the most important in the club’s short history – eight years in the making. The relief was tangible, and celebrations almost deafening.
The noise that greeted Jon Otsemobor’s 92nd minute goal in front of the Cowshed was unprecedented. The defender’s decisive flick towards goal was just as cheeky as it was hugely significant in the history of MK Dons.
It was a moment no fan of the club will ever forget, and also a moment that might have persuaded some of the 13,000 home supporters in attendance to come back for more – a lot more regularly.
The win might even have earned the club a bit more respect nationally as well. Robinson, chairman Pete Winkelman and the Dons players did themselves proud in the difficult weeks leading up to the historic first meeting between the two clubs.
No-one could have written the script for what unfolded at lunchtime on Sunday. From a Milton Keynes perspective, it was pretty much perfect.
The game divided opinion amongst Dons fans when the draw was made, but there can’t be many not beaming from ear-to-ear this week.