DONS boss Karl Robinson thinks his players deserve more praise for their recent performances after they picked up a 2-0 victory at Walsall on Saturday.
Despite picking up only two wins in October, Dons are still in the League 1 play-off places, picking up draws when others around them have been losing.
And following recent criticism, Robinson believes his side should be praised for the way they have been playing of late.
He said: “I think people have been very unfair on this team. I don’t like it because of the effort they have put in, the reductions the club have had to face, and yet we are still competing at this level.
“Through wins, I’ll back them, and through the defeats too. We have beaten a Premier League team away for the first time in our history, we competed with Burnley away and should have won, we’ve been top of the table, we’ve had a lot of injuries, we’re still in the play-offs, we’ve lost our most expensive player – and we’re still smiling!
“That’s why I take offence to people asking silly questions and silly statistics that come out because these boys have been fantastic.”
Robinson has highlighted the calibre of players he has lost since he took over in May 2010, and believes for the club to be where they are now is ‘nothing short of a miracle.’
“We’ve lost Aaron Wilbraham, Jermaine Easter, Sean O’Hanlon, Peter Leven, Sam Baldock, Danny Woodards,” he said. “We’ve had to trim dramatically and we’re still in a good place. It’s nothing short of a miracle what they’ve done.”
And with Dons now within seven points of the top two, all talk of the ‘blip’ has been replaced by talk of promotion once again.
But while leaders Charlton and Huddersfield have earned themselves breathing space at the top, Robinson thinks his charges are still capable of breaking into the top two.
“That’s our objective and aim,” he said. “But it’s difficult with the teams around us. I still think we will achieve our goal though, and we will get out of this league.
“It’s a lot harder with more big teams spending money which makes it difficult for us. We’re probably better off this year than we were because of the players we’ve sold.”
But all focus for now is on this Saturday’s game with Rochdale who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Dale are currently stuck in the relegation zone and are without a victory on the road since early September when they beat rivals Bury 4-2 at Gigg Lane.
The last time the sides met, Dons put on arguably their best away performance of the season when they hammered Rochdale 4-1 at Spotland, but Robinson isn’t expecting as easy a game on Saturday at stadium:mk.
He said: “They’ll be difficult to beat, they have an awful lot of good players. Nicky Adams is a winger I’ve looked at bringing in a couple of times but we couldn’t make it happen.
“It wouldn’t shock me if they came here and got a win because the teams that will beat us will be below us in the league because they make things difficult.
“I do look at the team we’re going to play next, but I also know that our training will be nothing like that Rochdale team, so it will be difficult for us to break them down.
“But we are very, very good at the moment and we’re only going to get stronger.”