Manager Karl Robinson seemed pleased with the Dons’ goalless draw with Premier League Norwich City on Friday, keeping the Dons’ unbeaten record in pre-season intact.
The Dons had plenty of chances to steal a winner, going close through both Luke Chadwick and Jay O’Shea but couldn’t find the breakthrough. However, Robinson was happy to take the result and use it as a building block ahead of the League 1 campaign.
Speaking to the media after the game, Robinson said: “That was a very strong competitive team that survived in the Premier League last year.
“The same team beat Peterborough 2-0 a couple of weeks ago and drew at home to Ajax as well, which shows how stern a test that was tonight but I thought he were physically just as good as them.
“In the first-half I thought we looked strong defensively and then in the second half we wanted to be more of an attacking threat and the change in systems allowed us to do that. It’s important in pre-season to keep rotating players and systems to make sure we’re ready for the start of the season.”
The goalless draw meant the Dons kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet and the gaffer paid tribute to David Martin and his back four for continuing their good form.
“I thought both ‘keepers had two fantastic games, Dave (Martin) made some great saves. That’s now five games without conceding a goal and at any level that is good. The back four are full of confidence and so are the goalkeepers so we’ve got to make sure keep the ball moving and keep pushing on.”
Despite not hitting the net in the last two matches, Dons boss took time to give a special mention to his array of forwards.
“I thought when Lowey and MacDonald came on they looked lively. Ryan’s movement is fantastic and he causes defenders problems but so do Charlie and Jabo. Jabo made an impression when he came on, as well as Powelly so it’s looking good for the start of the season."
The Dons will now face Fulham on Tuesday before taking on Cheltenham Town a week prior to the League 1 season starting the following Saturday and the Club’s longest serving manager is counting down the days.
“We’re really looking forward to the season. We’ve got a really tough test now with big games and programmes for the players so we’re going to turn the heat up a little bit now.
“They have been fantastic this week and I thought they brought that into the game. They’re in again over the weekend so the days off are limited as it’s all about us getting physically and mentally prepared for the season. We know how hard it’s going to be but we’re not scared of anything and we’re ready.”