Play-off talk remains taboo for Dons after Doncaster win

MK Dons 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 7:02 pm
Dons celebrate Daniel Harvie's winner
Dons celebrate Daniel Harvie's winner

Talk of a top-six finish is still taboo at Stadium MK, even after Dons moved within three points of a play-off spot with their fourth win in a row.

With six teams still between Dons and Blackpool, who occupy the final play-off spot, it will still be a big ask to extend the season beyond May 8, but regular victories while others stumble around them may yet get them there.

Daniel Harvie's goal 14 minutes from time at Stadium MK on Saturday ensured Dons a 1-0 win over Doncaster who dropped out of the top-six as a result.

But Russell Martin will not be drawn on his side's chances of making the play-offs with eight games remaining, instead focussing on a busy Easter period.

"It's three points but a lot of teams above us, a lot of teams just behind us and a lot with games in hand," he said. "Let's focus on the next two tough games over Easter. We'll just look at those. I know it's boring but it's true! We're looking at Lincoln, we'll hope to put on a performance which matches today's and go there to win the game.

"Four in a row, we have to keep going now and rolling on. We've got some momentum."

In control for the majority of the game, Will Grigg had three great chances to give Dons the lead but drew saves from Rovers keeper Louis Jones on each occasion. Jones too came to Doncaster's aid when he tipped Harvie's first half effort onto the post, though there was little he could do when the Scot's 76th minute effort took a deflection to beat him.

"It was a brilliant performance," Martin said of the game. "I don't take any performance for granted on a tough pitch against a tough team. To limit them to one shot was an outstanding effort from the group.

"Our frustration is that we didn't score earlier and didn't score more. Their keeper made some great saves.

"Overall, we had some outstanding individual performances, a really good team performance too. To get through with the dominance they did was fantastic."