Karl Robinson has spoken of his appreciation for the support given to him and his players by the MK Dons fans in recent weeks.
Robinson’s side suffered a third League defeat in a row against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, courtesy of 90th minute strike from their former striker, Ryan Lowe.
The result leaves the Dons 10 points adrift of the play-off places but Robinson believes that as long as the team and the fans stick together, the side’s current form will begin to turn around.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the 33-year-old said: “There’s a maturity now as a Football Club. For the fans to clap the team the way they did on Saturday, in one of our toughest times, is something that I won’t forget.
“There’s only one way we’re going to succeed and that’s through togetherness, there was no booing, there was nothing and there could have been.
“The fans know where we’re at and I think it’s a tremendous testament to them that they’re sticking with us and trying to get us to where we wanted to.
This Saturday, MK Dons travel to sixth-placed Walsall in the Sky Bet League 1 knowing a loss would leave them 13 points from the playoffs and Robinson knows this is something that they can’t afford to let happen.
He added: “They’re a good side and since we last played them they’ve brought Febian Brandy and (Michael) Ngoo in, they’ve got some good strikers who can be really effective.
“They didn’t play at the weekend so they’ve had a good rest period. There’s no shirking that we’ve got a big, big game.
“It’s not a great hunting ground for us but hopefully it’s a place where we can put ourselves back in the mix and get back into that top ten with a win.
“It’s a six pointer to an extent, if we lose we become completely disconnected with them and that’s something we can’t afford to do so it’s a big game for us, massive.”