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The three point barrier

1 March 2013

Dons boss Karl Robinson admitted that his side need to overcome a psychological hurdle in order to find the elusive victory that has escaped them recently.

The men from MK1 have only won once in the League this calendar year, a run of form which has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table, 12 points adrift of the play-offs.

However, after suffering a third straight defeat to Oldham Athletic at the beginning of the February, the Dons have since gone three games unbeaten in the League and their manager Robinson remains confident that if his team can continue playing well, then the results that have passed them by in recent weeks will slowly start to return.

Speaking to MK Dons Player, the 32-year-old said: “I think it’s almost becoming a psychological hurdle now, this elusive win.

“We’ve fallen at an awful lot of hurdles this year and we’ve got to be big enough to accept that – the results aren’t good enough and where we are in the League isn’t good enough.

“It is a big obstacle we’ve got to overcome now because when you’re leading games you get nervous that you’re going to concede and only get a draw and so we’ve got to start going into these games with a better mindset.

“We got back to playing football on Tuesday, we were very positive in the way we played and we felt that if we would have taken our chances we would have won the game.

“We’re unbeaten in three and while people may moan and point out that we haven’t won in them games, we’ve got build on the positives and not on the negatives because it doesn’t create a good vibe.

“I believe if you play well for ten games, you’ll win seven of them and that’s over two points a game which is promotion form. We’ve got to therefore get back to playing well and get back to what we believe in.

“I think we’ve started to do that other the last few games and I’ve been a lot more positive because I’ve enjoyed getting my hands dirty and that’s only going to put us in a better position.”

The Dons’ opponents on Saturday are a Preston North End side who have also seen an up-turn in results in recent weeks. Following the departure of Graham Westley last month, the Lilywhites are unbeaten in two games and are now under the leadership of former Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson.

The Lancashire club, though, are still only four points clear of the relegation zone and therefore will arrive at stadiummk with the intention of taking a valuable three points from the Dons and Robinson is fully aware of threat that the Lilywhites will pose this Saturday.

“It is going to be a very difficult game. They’ll have a new found sense of solidarity and confidence which maybe they were lacking before and so we’ll be up against a much better Preston side than the one we’ve seen other the last few months.”

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