The hard work has paid off says Stephen Gleeson

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NOVEMBER has been a month to remember for MK Dons and it’s something the players recognise, says Stephen Gleeson.

After captaining the side to a 5-1 win over Colchester on Saturday, the midfielder said the team had let their standards drop in October, which resulted in a few disappointing results before the start of their outstanding six-game unbeaten run.

However, unbeaten in November and winning five out of six, Gleeson says the hard work the players have put in during the last month has paid off.

“The last month has been brilliant for us,” he said. “At the start of November, we knew we could put a good run together, and I think Shrewsbury was just a blip.

“They should have beaten us easily, but good teams get a point when they don’t deserve it, so it was good to keep the run going.

“The players were confident that we could put a run together and we got a bit of stick with people saying we weren’t winning or scoring goals, but we knew we had the quality to get wins, and it’s coming along nicely at the moment.

“I think we’ve been playing this well all season, we just weren’t scoring. When we weren’t scoring, it did probably affect us a bit, but the last month has been perfect.

“The gaffer told us to put in one more big push before the big game next week. We can have a rest this week and prepare for Sunday.

“Over the last month we’ve put in an awful lot of work and I think it’s paying off. We’re a good side, but if we don’t put in the work, we’re an average side.

“The month before, we probably weren’t pulling our weight. It’s nine or 10 months of the season that we have to put in a shift and I don’t see why we shouldn’t do that.”

With many chins wagging about Dons’ teenage loan stars who wowed the crowds on Saturday, Gleeson said that the new injection of talent will have a lot of teams worried about their upcoming games with Dons.

Gleeson added: “Patrick was outstanding in his first league start against two big centre halves. He’s not a big presence, he got in and around them, and Zeli was different class when he came on.

“If we’re winning with 20 minutes to go and these lads come on, teams are going to get frightened.”