Defender Antony Kay continued his recovery from injury on Boxing, by making a substitute appearance in MK Dons’ 2-0 win away at Crawley Town.
The 31-year-old replaced Shaun Williams on 55 minutes as the Dons led 1-0, playing for just the second time since the 4-1 victory over Stevenage on September 28th.
He managed seven minutes at the end of the 3-0 win over Port Vale to begin his comeback, but Kay was delighted to get a 35 minute run out and keep a clean sheet on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking to the media after the game, Kay said: “I was happy to come on and get my legs working again. It’s been the longest I’ve ever had out in my playing career so I’m happy to be back.
“The lads are winning and they’re in great form at the minute so I’ve got to make do with starting on the bench at the minute. I can’t complain with the way we’re playing, it’s been brilliant the last few games.
“I’m not used to being on the bench and of course I’d rather be playing than watching but that’s the same with any player. Like I said, though, I can’t complain because the lads have been absolute brilliant, the two centre halves have been good and everybody’s on top form at the minute.”
Karl Robinson’s men have now won their last four games in all competitions and sit just seven points adrift the play-off places with a game in hand.
And Kay believes the Dons’ up-turn in form has come at the best time possible, with the Christmas period often seen as a vital point of the season.
He added: “It’s been brilliant and obviously we’re going up the league now. We’ve got Brentford in the next game and that’s going to be a tough one.
“But, the confidence is high and it’s good that it’s come now over Christmas and the New Year when all the games are piling up.”