Dons 'must feel confident' heading to Shrewsbury

They may not have a win since September away from home, but MK Dons boss Russell Martin says his side must fancy their chances taking on Shrewsbury tomorrow.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:49 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:50 pm

Dons will jump above Sam Ricketts' side with a win on Saturday, lifting them to 16th at least. And they have not beaten Dons in nearly seven years either, with five of the last matches between the sides ending with Dons on top.

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Without a win since December 21 in the league though, Shrewsbury are on the slide and Martin says they have to fancy their chances of turning around their away form.

He said: "We're respectful of what they've got, but it's about our mentality. We've got to feel confident about going there."

Rhys Healey scored a stoppage-time winner in Dons' first game of the season against Shrewsbury to snatch a 1-0 win at Stadium MK, with Martin adding: "They showed in the first game of the season they're strong, they defend with their lives, organised, tough to break down. They've had an indifferent run of form but they're showing they're really capable too – Liverpool at home for example. But it's about us, our approach to it."

Midfielder Jordan Houghton, who played in the season opener, said he is expecting a similar threat from Shrewsbury tomorrow.

He said: "I'd imagine so. I watched their game against Liverpool and they did really well. They posed a lot of threats, and Liverpool brought on their big guns and they still couldn't get a win. They've got threats, they're good at the back and their formation could cause us problems, but we'll look at that stuff."