Dons must be wary of teams fighting for their lives

"When people are fighting to stay in the league it becomes a tough game. We have to match their desire to win, they’ll certainly have that"

Monday, 19th April 2021, 2:25 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 2:26 pm
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After taking on play-off contenders in their last three games, Dons face a different prospect in their next two when they take on relegation candidates Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town.

Russell Martin s side head to the Memorial Ground on Tuesday night to take on Rovers, who have just one win in their last eight games but with four games remaining, could still claw their way to League One safety.

Having picked up four points from their last three games against Ipswich, Lincoln and Portsmouth, Dons sit 12th, now mathematically clear of any relegation threat with a little over two weeks of the season to go. While their focus remains on making improvements ahead of the new campaign, their performances in their remaining games could still have ramifications at both ends of the table, but Martin knows a team scrapping at the bottom can provide a dangerous threat to his side.

"I think we have a big say in how the table finishes," he said. "It makes it difficult because we are playing sides that are desperate to stay in the league. I’m, grateful we aren’t involved because it’s going to be tough.

"When people are fighting to stay in the league it becomes a tough game. We have to match their desire to win, they’ll certainly have that.

"I don’t think they will have any other option than to give it everything otherwise you’re full of regret. They are fighting for their lives with a chance of staying in the league. It’s going to be really tough I have no doubt about it, the boys will be up for it, they’ll be really motivated and will look to go there and play really well.

"We’ll look to impose our game as we look to win as many games as possible before the end of the season."

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