Dons eager to reverse their Home Park humbling
There wasn't much joy to be had at Home Park for MK Dons
Dons' Luke Williams and Scott Fraser are hoping for a much better showing when they take on Plymouth Argyle tonight (Tuesday).
The reverse fixture at Home Park back in December came on the same day the Prime Minister threw more stringent lockdown measures down ahead of Christmas, and not only did it suck the fun out of the room, but from the game as well.
Plymouth had lost four in a row and were languishing in the relegation zone, while Dons were fairing pretty well with just one defeat in their last seven. In a game lacking in chances and quality, the 2,000 fans allowed into Home Park at least had something to cheer when Ryan Hardie hit home with 22 minutes remaining.
It was one of Dons worst showings of the season and looking back, Fraser said: "It was a weird game. We didn't have many chances, they didn't have many chances – it was one of those games which should have ended a goal-less draw and we could have all forgotten about it. They were in a sticky patch at that time, they had some fans in.
"I don't expect it to be the same game when they come here. I expect it to be a tough game, they're a good side with some good players. But at home, it's about what we do."
Plymouth head to Stadium MK once again suffereing four defeats on the spin, but assistant manager Williams is to avoid a repeat of the forgettable game on the south coast.
"That's an understatement!" he said. "They were in a bad place at the time and came out fighting. We went there maybe in the wrong frame of mind and we never got to grips with the game and it passed us by. There was a lack of urgency.
"We had a really impressive response from that game though, the manager was really firm with the group afterwards. And the players responded because they knew what he said was right. I think it was the best run we've been on after that. As much as it was a terrible performance, it sparked us into life a little bit and we started to pick up a lot of points.
"That Plymouth game gave us a platform not to accept really lacklustre performances. Hopefully we've come a long way since that day and hopefully that's really evident on the pitch.
"They were a good team in a bad place at the time, the manager is very good too. He's had a promotion and you can see he fills them with confidence. It's not a surprise to see where they are now, it was more a shock to see where they were at the time. It will definitely be a tough game."