Aiming for a winning end to Dons' away-day turnaround

After 14 months waiting for an away victory, Dons could finish their season with nine when they take on Fleetwood tomorrow

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:09 am
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:44 am
Russell Martin

Russell Martin hopes to finish his side's away season with a win when Dons take on Fleetwood Town tomorrow.

After a dismal run of over a year without a win on the road, Dons ended their run in their seventh league road trip with a win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, having picked up just two points on the road prior to that. Since though, Dons have won eight, lost seven and drawn just once - a couple of weeks ago against Ipswich - away from home.

It has been a stark change in fortunes, with arguably their lowest away day coming at Fleetwood last season under Paul Tisdale in October 2019. Having just 27 per cent of possession at The Highbury Stadium, Dons failed to register a single shot on target and barely looked interested in attacking as a late mistake allowed Ched Evans to win for Fleetwood it five minutes from time.

Now a much better prospect outside Stadium MK, Martin admits Dons' mentality has shifted since their road form has picked up, and he hopes his team can finish their campaign with a ninth away win.

"We’ve changed our feelings going into an away game," he said. "It’s our last away game of the season, I want to make the most of it. We can look forward to being together one last time before coming back to Stadium MK."

Fleetwood were beaten 5-2 by Burton at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night with Martin in attendance scouting Saturday's opponents. Despite the heavy scoreline though, Martin believes Fleetwood were unlucky on the night.

"I went to Burton to watch them, they have real energy," he added. "It was a strange game. They probably should’ve been leading, but Burton opened the scoring.

"They have a real threat on the counter, they try play good football and I liked it. It’ll be a tough game for us. They’ve changed their manager, he’s had limited time on the training pitch.

"I really like Simon (Grayson), he’s someone I respect. It’ll be a tough game for us, we’ll be prepared, we’ll brush up on the weekend and look to make it four in a row."