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Darren: Back to basics

12 February 2013

Midfielder Darren Potter believes that going back to basics could be the key to changing the side’s fortunes.

The Dons are in a difficult run of form and go into this evening’s game 13 points behind their second place opponents Doncaster Rovers and eight points off of a play-off spot – albeit with games in hand.

Potter, who has been ever-present in the League so far this season, was understandably disappointed with the result and the performance last weekend but is eager to help turn things around this evening against Brian Flynn’s Rovers and re-ignite the promotion push.

Speaking ahead of the match, the 28-year-old said: “The attitude amongst the players hasn’t really changed. We’ve got our goals that we want to achieve, mainly to be in the Championship next season, and our desire to reach that hasn’t differed.

“There’s obviously a bit of disappointment in the camp with the way things are going and especially Saturday because that was a million miles away from where we want to be.

“If we knew why it’s gone wrong then we wouldn’t be sitting here trying to make plans to get back on track. We’ve had a chat about it and we think it’s just about getting back to basics and hopefully try and turn things around that way.

“I don’t believe the performances in the last few games have been anywhere near the standards we’ve set for ourselves and the reasons for that are pretty much unknown but we’re trying our best to turn it around.

“There are no easy games in any league and we’ll have to roll our sleeves up on Tuesday and be prepared for what they throw at us but also we need to impose ourselves on them and hopefully we’ll get the three points.

“I still believe there is every chance that we can still go up via the playoffs. It’s going to be difficult and we’re under no illusions but we’ve got an idea of what we need to get there and there are a lot of games left.

“We’ll obviously try our best to pick up as many points from those games as we can and fingers crossed we’ll get to where we want to be.”

Unlike last season, the former Liverpool trainee has had to line up alongside different faces in the centre of midfield recently, due to the injury to Stephen Gleeson which is expected to keep him out until April. The side was also dealt a blow in the festive period when Luke Chadwick suffered a knee ligament problem which has kept him sidelined for eight weeks.

And Potter admitted that the loss of the duo has had an impact on the team’s performances but is confident that once they start returning the positive results will also start to re-appear.

“Luke (Chadwick) and Stephen (Gleeson) do have an impact on how well we play. Two players missing from a side shouldn’t really upset the apple cart, so to speak, because the other players that we’ve got that have come in and played are high quality players.

“But, for whatever reason, things haven’t been falling for us. We’ve obviously got Chaddy, Powelly (Daniel Powell) and Gary MacKenzie back in the fold and Glees hopefully won’t be too far away. Once we get the full strength squad back, which you can never have during the full course of the season, then I’m sure the results will start improving.”

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