No target in mind for Dons except to finish as high as possible

The play-offs are close, but will be a tough task in a tight division

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:20 am
Russell Martin

Results on Tuesday night fell kindly for MK Dons, but Russell Martin will not let his side relax in their remaining nine games.

With most of the movers happening in and around the League One relegation zone last night, Dons stayed 13th and five points from the play-offs after four games were played on Tuesday and 17 from drop.

Given the tight nature of the table as the season enters the finishing straight, nearly half the division remains separated by just seven points, with Fleetwood in 15th on 50 to Saturday's visitors to Stadium MK Doncaster Rovers in fifth on 57. Dons are nestled in there on 51.

Most of Dons' remaining games though come against teams in the promotion scrap or in the fight against the drop, meaning Martin's side will be under additional pressure not to let any game fall by the wayside.

"Every game will be really big for a lot of teams," Martin said. "We have to match the energy and intensity of those teams because they will have something riding on it. But with that comes a bit of pressure.

"We've reached a tally where we can play with a little less fear which has been there a lot of the time, being aware of those below you. We want to finish as high as possible, and we'll have a say at both ends of the table. That's something to look forward to."

Despite the lure and close proximity Dons remain in the play-off hunt, the aim for the team remains pretty straightforward - get as many points as they can and see what happens.

Martin continued: "We've not got a points target – we're only focussed on improving from game-to-game. I don't see the benefit in setting a points target, it's about us trying to get better and measure our own performance each week.

"Of course if we win nine games out of nine we'll leave ourselves with a great chance but that's really tough to do in this division.

"We'll have a chat about what we should be aspiring to, but we don't want to float through or be comfortable. We want to keep pushing and we'll see how many we get at the end of the season."