Shaun Williams believes that when Dons finally get a much sought-after victory, it’ll open the door for many more.
Dons haven’t won since New Year’s Day, beating Notts County 2-1 at Meadow Lane. But since then, they’ve slid down the table and find themselves 13th and almost out of play-off contention.
Williams netted Dons’ only goal in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park, and thinks that when they get a win on the board, it’ll start a good run.
He said: “Hopefully, if we can get just one win, it’ll have a knock on effect from there. I know we’re missing chances, but we’re creating chances.
“If Izale McLeod, Ryan Lowe or any of the other forwards can score one, it’ll get their confidence up to go on for the rest of the season.
“I was delighted with my goal. It’s only my second goal from open play this season so I was pleased to get it.
“I think there’s 14 games left now, so who’s not to say we can’t pick up 10 wins and go on a run? It has happened in the past, an no-one’s going to feel down until it’s mathematically impossible. We’re just going to keep trying our hardest and hopefully it’ll turn for us.”
The Irishman was withdrawn just after the hour-mark having picked up a knock on his ankle. But after the game, he said it wasn’t as bad as first thought.
“It’s just precautionary,” he said, despite the strapping on his left ankle. “I took a kick in the first half and another one at the beginning of the second half and I just couldn’t shake it off.
“It made sense for the gaffer to take me off because I wasn’t 100 per cent and could have been hampering the team a bit.
“I didn’t want to come off, I was trying to shake it off but it just wasn’t happening.”
Williams has been shifted up the pitch since the return of Gary MacKenzie from injury and Antony Kay from suspension, and in the absence of Stephen Gleeson. Originally joining the club as a midfielder, the 26-year-old says he doesn’t mind where he plays.
He said: “I was playing as one of the sitting midfielders, whereas on Saturday I was in the attacking role. I don’t mind, I just want to help out there. If it’s not in defence, wherever it is I don’t mind.”