Dons wary of Swindon Town despite recent form

MK Dons take on Swindon Town at the County Ground on Tuesday night
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MK Dons know not to take teams out-of-form for granted ahead of their trip to Swindon tonight (Tuesday).

In their final game before Christmas, Dons were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle - a team who hadn't won in six games and were struggling for points as they dropped down the table.

Swindon are five without a win in League One, picking up just a point during that time and sit 22nd in the table. Dons meanwhile will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since February after being Bristol Rovers 2-0 on Boxing Day to move up to 16th.

Despite the difference in recent form though, Martin knows not to take the Robins lightly.

"They're a very capable, very good team," he said. "The new manager (John Sheridan) is still trying to find the best formation and the best team for them. They had real identity last year, and the manager leaving has been tough for them. They have played better than some of their results suggest.

"They have a real threat up top in DJ (Diallang Jaiyesimi) who I know from Norwich, who is a real threat at this level. And they've got an experienced spine in the team. It won't be easy. We have to have the same approach we had with Charlton and Sunderland away."

Having not won two games in a row in the league all season, Martin says following up Saturday's win would not only make a big difference in the table - potentially moving them up to 14th - but would breathe confidence into his squad for games to come.

He said: "Momentum is so powerful in football, we we just haven't been able to build any. We've had performances which haven't got what we deserved, we've drawn too many games which we should have won. If you win a few games, confidence is high and that chances the approach of the other team – the worry a bit more than they usually would do.

"Results breed confidence and conviction, and I think if we'd had more wins, we would have scored five or six goals on Saturday with the chances we had.

"Unfortunately at the moment, we are still having to work so hard to score goals. We're working on it, but winning more gives you that conviction in the final third."