McEachran backs Dons to bounce back from bad spell

"Everyone goes through periods like this, even the top teams in Europe"

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 12:24 pm
Josh McEachran

Midfielder Josh McEachran believes Dons will come out of their current bad run better for it.

The 28-year-old arrived on a free transfer a little over a week ago, but has seen Dons lose to both Gillingham and Wigan Athletic. Having also lost to Shrewsbury, and conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Oxford, Dons have just one point from 12 and have dropped to 16th in League One.

But after stringing together eight wins from 11 prior to their current run, McEachran said even the best suffer dips in form, and he backs Dons to get back to winning ways.

"We're in a sticky patch but we've had a lot of success leading up to this," said the former Birmingham man. "Every team has one, we just have to keep going, believing in ourselves, do what we do and I'm sure we'll have a great end to the season.

"Everyone goes through periods like this, even the top teams in Europe. We had eight wins from 11 playing this way and of course people will judge you on performances and mistakes, and mistakes happen and there. We have to take it on the chin but we'll have a lot more success than not. We all buy into it.

"We're still creating chances and doing the right things, we just have to iron out a few things and get better at what we're doing."

McEachran's first two outings for Dons were his first in more than a year after suffering a knee injury for Birmingham last season. A relief to get back on the pitch again, McEachran said he is edging closer to being able to make a start and feels confident in his knee after a long period of rehab.

He continued: "The injury is fine, it has been over a year now. I've been training hard and doing extras to get up to speed. I'm not a million miles away now, I feel I could start and get 60 or 70 minutes, I'm getting there, not far away at all now.

"I did a lot of my rehab over Zoom which was tough because everything had shut down. I had to get rid of the swelling but there were no pools open to help with that, so it was tough. But that first game against Gillingham, being able to get on and get minutes, although we lost, was massive for me. I just want to go on from here now."