Hard work pays off for Powell

Daniel Powell
Daniel Powell

Super sub Daniel Powell says Dons will continue to create their own luck as he netted an equaliser at the death to rescue a point against Bristol City.

Powell’s 94th minute wonder-goal ended Dons’ run of six consecutive defeats after Jonathan Kodjia gave City a fifth minute lead at Ashton Gate.

It was a just reward for Karl Robinson’s side after they dominated second half proceedings. The stakes couldn’t have been much higher, with the loser of the game destined to spend two weeks at the bottom of the Championship table.

And it looked as though Dons were heading there before Powell’s strike.

“I don’t remember it too clearly,” he said. “I just remember having my top off and the referee booking me! It was an important goal.

“I saw him show me inside. Once it opened up, there was only one place I saw the ball going.

“We’ve had six straight losses, so to break the curse made it so much more important.

“It has been coming for a few weeks. But in the second half here, Bristol City didn’t get out their half. But once I got on the pitch, my aim was to make an impact and I did that. That’s my job.

“All the lads joke about being game changers when they come on, but fortunately for me today, it has ended in the corner.”

After his goal, Powell believes Dons’ luck is beginning to turn, but luck will only be down to their own hard work and that relegation is not an option for the club this season.

He said: “Absolutely, I’d be wrong standing here if we didn’t (believe Dons can stay up). We just have been very unlucky recently, but our hard work has paid off.

“You earn your own luck in this game. We’ll just keep working hard.

“I think we’re 19th now, so it shows how tight the league is if we’re able to climb so many places. It’s good to look at the league table again.”