The play-off dream is alive

Dons are back in the hunt
Dons are back in the hunt

It was dead and buried barely a week ago, with no signs of life left. Fast forward seven days, and Dons find themselves on the brink of the play-off spots once more.

And who better to welcome to stadium:mk on Saturday than rivals, and current occupiers of the highly coveted sixth place, Peterborough United.

The disappointment of the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United is barely a footnote on what has happened since Saturday, with George Baldock’s stoppage time screamer away at Swindon and the remarkable Dele Alli hat-trick on Tuesday night to see off Notts County suddenly buoying everyone associated with MK Dons.

Taking back-to-back victories is something that should be a given for a club in the promotion hunt, but both Dons and Posh have spluttered with form since the turn of the year.

Dons haven’t had the rub of the green against their rivals in recent meetings - from Stephen Gleeson’s red card and Grant McCann’s penalty, to Bobby Olejnik making save after save after save in the 2-1 defeat at London Road in September.

But Sam Baldock gave his former club a huge boost by netting twice in Bristol City’s 2-1 win over Peterborough on Tuesday night, making Saturday’s derby at stadium:mk perfectly poised.

Dons have dragged themselves, kicking and screaming, right back in to the hunt, while Peterborough are desperately trying to reverse a slide of three defeats in their last four.

And with just three points separating the sides, Dons could be sat right back in the mix come 5pm on Saturday night.