Jerome proves doubters wrong as Martin lauds his side

Cameron Jerome scores past Christy PymCameron Jerome scores past Christy Pym
Cameron Jerome scores past Christy Pym
MK Dons 1-1 Peterborough United

There was no doubt in Russell Martin's mind when Cameron Jerome went through on goal on Tuesday night he'd score.

The 34-year-old striker coolly fired past Christy Pym in the Peterborough net to equalise with 12 minutes remaining at Stadium MK.

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While some doubted whether the former Norwich and Stoke striker still had it, Martin says his form for Dons this season - six goals in 15 appearances - should dispell any questions people may still have of him.

He said: "Cammy probably didn't have his best game on the ball, but off the ball he was fantastic. When that chance comes to him, the run he makes, the body shape... people take that for granted. And as soon as he's through, we all backed him. He missed a couple on Saturday and he was frustrated with that, but he more than made up with that tonight.

"People said he's not a natural goal-scorer, but he has played alone up front a lot in his career, and has been underappreciated or valued in his career. He's desperate to prove he's still got it and hopefully he will continue to do it.

"The top two (Jerome and Carlton Moris) are a pain for any team. They have such presence and character, they are real leaders, and give us energy."

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There were several candidates for man of the match on Tuesday night, with both David Kasumu and Scott Fraser standing out and involved in Jerome's equaliser.

"To a man, there wasn't a bad performance," said Martin. "I'm sure we'll be selling a lot of Scott Fraser shirts now the fans are back and can see him. He's a fantastic performer.

"I'm really proud of David because he has come a long way in a short space of time. There's a big responsibility with the role he plays and he carries it out fantastically well. We only took him off because he had been booked."