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Martin: We've got another gear

2 October 2012

David Martin started every game in last season’s campaign, racking up a total of 56 appearances in between the sticks for the Dons.

Unfortunately, Martin’s run came to an end when Karl Robinson’s side took on Sunderland in the Capital One Cup after the goalkeeper had to pull out at the last minute due to illness.

Disappointed not to have played and kept his impressive run of starts going, the 26-year-old is now fighting fit and looking forward to the challenge of Coventry City later today.

Speaking about missing his first game in over a year, he said:

“I was gutted not to play against Sunderland. I tried my hardest to be involved and I was at the ground an hour before kick-off but I was just too ill.

“It’s just one of them things. I want to play every game if possible because I love playing here for the Gaffer and MK Dons so I was disappointed.

“More importantly though I was back for the League game against Crewe which is more important.”

Taking his place in the Dons goal for that game was Ian McLoughlin, who has been limited to only two substitute appearances since signing for the Club in August 2011 and Martin was pleased to see his teammate get the opportunity to show what he can do.

“We’ve all been there as goalkeepers, being in and out of the team; it was like that when I was here before.

“You've just got to make the most out of the games that come along and take as much as you can from them.

“Ian’s done well in training and he’s got to keep it up – we’ve got a good rivalry”

Now back donning the number one jersey, Martin is keen to add to his clean sheet tally and continue the impressive start the Dons have made to their season, starting with Coventry City tonight.

“We’ve started really well. We’ve had a few results that we’re not happy with but that happens sometimes.

“I think we’ve got another gear to step into. I think it was clear in the first half on Saturday what we’re capable of doing to teams and so we’ve got to do that now for the rest of the season to get to where we know we should be.

“Coventry is the type of place you want to go to and play your best. We played a few big teams last year like Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield and we’ve still got Sheffield United this year so we’ll see how we line up on Tuesday and give it our best.”

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