Otsemobor determined to get back to winning ways

Jon Otsemobor
Jon Otsemobor

TUESDAY night’s game against Doncaster Rovers can’t come quick enough for Dons after a third defeat in a row on Saturday left them in the bottom half of the League 1 table.

The 3-1 defeat to Oldham came after a 2-1 loss at Yeovil and a 3-0 thrashing at stadium:mk at the hands of Bournemouth.

Defender Jon Otsemobor says the team haven’t changed anything in training since the spectacular victory at Loftus Road, and can’t put their fingers on what’s going wrong at the moment.

But he says the team are all determined to turn things around sooner rather than later.

He said: “In the past couple of weeks, we’ve not been ourselves out on the pitch and it’s a run of form we quickly need to get out of.

“It’s football. We’ve not done anything drastic. Training has been positive and upbeat this week, it’s just the performances. All goals can be prevented, especially the ones today.

“There was no time in the game where you’d take your hat off to Oldham and say ‘that could’ve been stopped’ and that’s the most disappointing thing.

“When you go into games not conceding goals, you’re not going to lose games, and that’s what we had before Christmas. But that hasn’t been the case recently and we’ve been leaking goals from everywhere it seems.

“As soon as we can get back to that, getting the basics right, we’ll start picking up points again.”

The return to fitness of Luke Chadwick lifted Dons when he came on in the second half, and Otsemobor said the players have been keen to get him back.

He said: “We’ve all been desperate for him to come back as soon as possible. There are players who have played in his position since he has been out, but no-one really understands it like him. It’s good to see him get some game time, and hopefully he can get his fitness back and get back in the team.

“He plays that position very well and it helps the system, but I don’t think it relies on him.”

With results going the way they have of late, manager Karl Robinson’s tried and tested formation and footballing philosophy have been questioned by some of the Dons faithful in the stands.

But Otsemobor believes that the system doesn’t need to change for Dons to get back to winning ways.

“Regardless of the results and performances, the manager and players feel we shouldn’t change our stripes for anybody,” he said. “On Tuesday, we’ll set up in the same way, we’ll look to play football and pick up points.

“All the goals here could have been prevented one way or another. We’ll look at the video and hopefully get three much needed points at Doncaster.

“Even when you’re winning games, you’re looking to the next one – they can’t come quick enough. We’ve lost our last three but we need to get three points. We needed them here (against Oldham), and we didn’t get them so Tuesday we need to pick ourselves up and hopefully come away with a win.”