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Potts: Time to kick-start form

28 February 2013

Darren Potter is hoping a return to stadiummk this weekend will ‘kick-start’ a new run of form for the Dons.

Karl Robinson’s side take on Preston North End this Saturday as they go in search of their first three points since New Year’s Day, in only the third League game at MK1 this calendar year.

The Dons’ last four League fixtures have all been on the road, a schedule which has seen them travel to both Carlisle United and Portsmouth in the space of three days.

And Irishman Potter, who remains ever-present for the Dons in the League this season, is confident that playing in front of the home faithful once again could be the spark his fellow team-mates need to get back into the winning habit.

Speaking ahead of the game this weekend, the 28-year-old said: “It’ll definitely be great to get back to stadiummk this weekend. We’ve spent some time on the road over the past few weeks and having Carlisle United and Portsmouth as back-to-back to away games hasn’t been easy.

“If there are any positives to take from the last few (League) games it’s that we haven’t lost. Our performances have been much better recently but we still feel that we should have taken more points from the last three games than we have done.

“It doesn’t help having injuries interrupting the squad all the time but it’s the same for any other club - you go to any team in the League and I doubt you’ll find one that has everybody available. Granted we’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of suspensions, maybe more than most, but you have to do the best you can with what you’ve got.

“Hopefully, though, we can kick-start things with a win on Saturday. The lads at Preston have given their new manager a reaction, which is normally always the case when somebody fresh comes in and so they are going to come here buoyant having got a couple of good results of late and it’s going to be hard for us.

“Every game that we go into, though, could be the start of a new run for us and hopefully it’s this Saturday’s. The more the games starting running out while you’re not picking up wins, the less it helps our cause of trying to get out of this League.”

With 16 games left to go, it’s important the Dons start to make ground on the seven teams that separate them from the play-off places and Potter admits that the team do need to start taking maximum points sooner rather than later, in order to achieve their aim of playing Championship football next season.

“I do look at the table and I don’t know many people who don’t. Our focus at the moment is to get as many points in the bag and the table will take care of itself but you just can’t help but look. If you’ve played well in a game but only take a point away you do look at the table and see where you would be if you’d have won. 

“I can’t put my finger on why it’s not been going quite right recently and with the games running out it's becoming even more vital that we start winning. Obviously the less games we have left to play, the harder it is to achieve our goal of getting promoted and so we do need to start picking up wins.”

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