Vine: We can stay unbeaten

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ROWAN Vine believes that Dons are good enough to go the rest of the season unbeaten, despite the tough run-in they face with 12 games remaining.

The on-loan QPR man, who recently extended his stay at stadium:mk for another month, believes there is no other side that can boast the quality of players and the style of football his side are playing at the moment.

“I’d like to think this side can go unbeaten. I’ve not seen a better team in the league than us and we’ve not seen any team play better than us, or with better players,” said the 28-year-old.

“We’ve only lost two games since I have been here - three world class goals scored by Plymouth, and against Leyton Orient in a game which was as one sided as you will ever see.

“I think we could have won every game since I joined here. Even against Brentford, if we weathered that storm after we scored, we could have won.

“I don’t see any problems against the big teams we’ve got coming up because of the form we’re in.”

Vine, due to the conditions of his loan, can only remain at stadium:mk until April, when he’ll have to return to his parent club. However, the front man is happy to stay for as long as he can to help Dons achieve promotion.

“I’d like to stay here longer. After my first week here I said to the boss that, if I could stay until the end of the season, then I’d be happy,” he said.

“I knew John Gorman because I’d worked with him before, so I never had doubts about coming here.”

Vine has established himself as a popular character in Dons’ changing room in his short time at the club, and hopes to have a positive influence on Dons’ younger players now he feels part of the furniture.

“I’m quite comfortable coming into different changing rooms - I have been on loan about a thousand times,” said Vine. “I always tell the young players that if you come somewhere on loan, you have to give yourself to that club.

“When you’re here you become an MK Dons player. People talk about passion and loyalty, and staying at a club for 10 years, but it’s not always about that.

“If you are a young player and you want to build a career for yourself in football, you will never do that if you only think about yourself.

“The smaller picture for the time being is the club that you are playing for. Of course - if the players reject you - then you’re struggling. But I’ve never had that problem!”

Despite not yet opening his Dons goal scoring account, Vine thinks it’s better to have the team playing well than for his own individual goal tally to be rising. He career stats show 57 goals from his 293 Football League appearances, including six in his 69 outings for QPR.

“Every striker needs to score goals, but people need to look deeper into it than that. I have a one in five goal ratio throughout my career that I’m not ashamed of at all.

“I play because I love it and it’s that element of seeing a pass or putting someone else in that I enjoy.”