Deano: We will stop Posh

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DONS’ defence will be tested to the limit on Monday when a free-scoring Peterborough United side visit stadium:mk, but captain Dean Lewington is confident that his back line can keep their local and play-off rivals out.

Lewington scored his side’s goal in their 2-1 loss at London Road back in September, and his defence have conceded just two goals in their last six League One outings, helping Dons to tighten their grip on their play-off place.

And with the skipper at the helm, Dons will be desperate to lock-out Craig Mackail-Smith and company on Posh’s first visit to Milton Keynes since 2009.

“We know they have a few dangers, but we will stop them,” said the long-serving Dons captain. “We really do not worry that much about them - we only concentrate on what we’re doing.

“We’ll try and stick to the same principles that we have been doing recently.

“We’ve had a certain style of defending over the last few months which has been very successful, so we’ll try not to change much.”

The rivalry between the clubs has continued to burn since Peterborough’s last visit to stadium:mk, where they have only lost once in three appearances - in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match - and Lewington says he wants to win for the fans who have been waiting for a league victory over Posh since 2008.

He said: “The rivalry has evolved since we moved here. Both clubs have had similar fates over the last few years so that has added to it.

“It’s a local rivalry, but in playing terms we have been close in the league, so it will be great to beat them. And of course we know the fans love to beat Peterborough more than anyone else.”