Dons are only looking one way with six games to go - and it’s not over their shoulders.
Karl Robinson’s side cruised to a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night moved them within five points of Preston in the second automatic promotion spot.
We are watching Preston with intensity.Karl Robinson
Twinned with Bristol City’s 3-0 win over Swindon, Dons now have a five point cushion to the Robins below them in fourth too.
But far from looking over their shoulders with six games remaining, Robinson insists they’re only looking forwards.
“I’m not looking behind me,” he said after the Scunthorpe match. “We are watching Preston with intensity. It’s the first thing we want to know after games. We’re focussed on them.
“We can still be caught, but if we worry about them, we’ll be caught a lot easier than we will if we worry about teams above us.”
It took Will Grigg just four minutes to score his third consecutive brace, heading in after Rob Hall’s shot was blocked by Luke Daniels after just 60 seconds, before the keeper brought down Dele Alli to allow Grigg to convert from the penalty spot three minutes later.
Despite the lack of goals in the subsequent 86 minutes, Dons never looked in trouble against a flat Scunthorpe side who offered absolutely nothing in return.
The second half was something of a nonevent, but it was something Robinson had told his side to do.
He said: “I told them to take the sting out of the game. We could have been caught out at the back, but I’ll take 2-0 every time we play here. I know people want to win 3-0 or 4-0, but if we chase a third, we could lose a goal.
“When you start that well, it’s impossible to maintain that. We were outstanding coming out of the blocks. We had to put the game to bed early on. It doesn’t always work!
“I’m really happy with everyone’s performance. I thought Lewis Baker was sensational. He covered every blade of grass. Dele’s been out for a while, so we can expect a lull in his second game back - but if that’s a lull then I’ll take it! But my man of the match was Darren Potter. He made more tackles than he’s made for a long, long time.
“We’re ecstatic with five goals in two games, and two clean sheets.”