Dons need to address 'poor' away form

Dons have gone 11 away games without a win

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 3:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 9:26 am
Jordan Houghton in action against Burton Albion

Away form is something MK Dons need to desperately fix if they are to continue their climb up the League One table.

Without a win on the road since September 14, Dons have picked up just three points on the road since, with draws against Doncaster, Southend and Coventry City.

At home meanwhile, Dons have picked up five wins from their last six at Stadium MK.

Houghton after the 1-1 draw with Coventry City.

Dons face back-to-back road-trips against Shrewsbury and Lincoln next up, but Jordan Houghton said their mentality has to change on the road to replicate what they are doing at Stadium MK.

“Our home form has been pretty decent through the season but our away form has been poor, to be honest,” Houghton said.

“We need to change it, and pick up points away from home and it will put us in a steady place.

“I don’t know whether we need to change our outlook on games, but it’s something we have to look at.

“It has been poor, and hopefully that changes with these two big games against teams around us.”

Manager Russell Martin highlighted the importance of turning around their way form, adding: “We need an away win. We've had some good away performances, Doncaster and Burton we should have won but only got one point from them. We need to make sure we replicate those performance, get control and dominate like we do here and turn it into a result now.

"The lads need to believe, build their resilience and if we can do that, I'm confident we can win these next two games. We're not going there to set up any differently. After the last two results, the players will be as well.

"For us, it has to be about approaching it in the same way at home. The pitch size changes and perceived pressure from the fans – we have to cope with that better. There is no magic answer. We need to try and turn away games into home games as much as possible, in terms of control and dictating the tempo into what we want it to be. We've shown we can do it, we just need a result."