Antony Kay sees no reason why Dons can’t win automatic promotion after their spectacular 3-0 win over rivals Swindon Town on Saturday.
Kay, along with centre half partner Kyle McFadzean, kept a firm lid on Swindon’s potent attacking force, while Daniel Powell and Will Grigg did the damage at the other end with three second half strikes to shift Karl Robinson’s side into third place in League 1.
With seven games remaining, Dons trail Preston by just five points in the race for automatic promotion, and Kay sees no reason why he and his team-mates can’t be the team to take the fight to Simon Grayson’s side with seven games to go.
“It’s 100 per cent on,” he said. “There’s only five points in it. I think Bristol City only need a few more wins to be certain of the title, but it’s between Preston, Swindon and us.
“It’ll go right down to the wire, and it’s up to the team with the nerve. At the minute, we’re showing that, and it should be us.
“Someone’s got to do it, and why not us? Especially with the mentality we’ve got, the positivity in the dressing room too. We’ve just got to keep building it.”
The win at the County Ground will have raised more than a few eyebrows in League 1 as both sides came into it on the back of a good run of form.
Never really in trouble thanks to a miserly defensive line, Dons had to wait until the hour mark to go ahead.
Wes Foderingham had a fine afternoon between the sticks for Swindon, but his resolve was eventually broken when he was unable to hold Lee Hodson’s drive, palming it to Powell to head Dons in front.
Although Swindon threatened to bring the fight back to Dons, Grigg capped a sublime move featuring the returning Dele Alli and the sensational Samir Carruthers to put Dons two to the good 12 minutes later.
Grigg’s tap in with two minutes to go put the icing on the cake for Robinson’s men.
But rather than a feeling of joy, Kay felt relief at the final whistle.
“It’s a good feeling, and a bit of a relief as well,” he said. “With Preston winning on Friday, we knew we had to win or be eight points behind. We’ve now won our last three, and we’ve got some momentum going into the last seven games.
“It was a massive game, and we’ve had a long time to prepare for this game. The fine details that we’ve worked on were good and we showed that in the performance.
“When others have played and won, you need to make sure you get the three points and we’ve been able to do that.”