Dons are struggling to find the right consistency

Osman Sow suffered an ankle injury against Walsall
Osman Sow suffered an ankle injury against Walsall

Consistency will be the name of the game if MK Dons are to win promotion this season, but it's proving a tough ask.

Chuks Aneke, Peter Pawlett, Joe Walsh, Kieran Agard, Osman Sow, Ed Upson, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Scott Golbourne have all been struck down by injuries this season, making Robbie Neilson's life a lot harder when he has tried to put his best 11 out on the field.

He had been waiting nearly seven months for Aneke to return to fitness - his key link-up man - and wanted to play him up alongside Sow as the Dons' leading duo.
But with Sow likely to miss out for the next few weeks with an ankle injury picked up in the 1-1 draw with Walsall on Tuesday night, once again Neilson is left staring at the drawing board.

He said: "Just as we start to get players back, others start to fall. It has been a frustrating start in that sense because we can't get any real momentum on the pitch. It's one knock after another, but we're starting to get there. Losing Os is a blow, but getting Chuks back is huge."

"Consistency is key," added midfielder Upson. "Promotion is about consistency. It's what we have to look to do, and when things aren't going our way, we've got to keep our heads up and battle through. We've had long enough to get to know each other quite well, but you just get bad patches in football sometimes. But you come out the other side.

"I felt we were coming out the other side in the first half against Walsall, but they got that goal. It will come, it's just one of those things.

"We were massively disappointed with Tuesday night. I felt we should have taken all three points comfortably. When we're on top, we have to capitalise. The second goal is so important because at 1-0, anything can happen, as we saw. We have to keep our heads up, this is our job and we have to stay positive ahead of Saturday."