Martin had no doubts when Fraser stepped up

MK Dons 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:42 pm
Scott Fraser fires in Dons' late penalty to beat Plymouth

Russell Martin had full confidence in Scott Fraser as he stepped up to fire home his sixth penalty of the season in the 89th minute to see off Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.

The spoils were set to be shared after Conor Grant's cracking long-range effort on the hour cancelled out Cameron Jerome's first-half header, but when Ben Gladwin's cross struck the arm of Plymouth skipper Joe Edwards, Fraser's 10th goal of the season was a formality from the spot.

It's the second game in succession that Dons have left it late to secure victory after Matt O'Riley's stoppage-time winner saw off Accrington on Saturday, and though he had doubts whether his side could win three days ago, Martin said he had no doubts when he saw Fraser pick up the ball.

"We felt there would be another chance," he said. "Plymouth looked tired because of the control we had, we worked them really hard. It's no coincidence we have got a couple of late goals recently because of how hard we work teams with the ball. It always felt we might get one, but you never know. But if you get a penalty, there's one man you want to take it and he stuck it in the back of the net.

"It was a really excellent performance. The amount of passing and control we had on a pitch like that, you cannot take it for granted. I'm proud of how they were able to do that, and their mentality to do that together.

"We conceded to a fantastic strike which was easier to take than some of the goals recently.

"Overall, as a team it was fantastic. We created some big chances which we didn't convert, but Fisher has only made two saves and we limited them to very little."