Karl Robinson and Ben Reeves have spoken of the Dons’ desire to put the Peterborough United defeat behind them at Stevenage on Saturday.
The 33-year-old said: “We were having a great week up until Peterborough but I think it was a game too far for us - we looked tired and lethargic.
Robinson can once again call upon attacking midfielder Reeves, who has recovered from a hamstring complaint which had seen him miss the last two fixtures.
The weekend’s 2-1 reverse left the Dons six points off Posh and the play-off places, but Robinson’s men have closed the gap before and the Liverpudlian isn’t closing the door just yet.
“We’ve had a week of recovery which everyone feels better and fresher for. It’s another derby and it’s another one we are looking forward to.”
He said: “I think the mentality of the whole group over the past month has been sensational, as has the way we’ve pulled together and how hard we’ve worked.
“We won’t stop trying to get in the play-offs until it’s mathematically impossible and we believe we’ve still got a good chance.”
Reeves added: “The hamstring feels good and I’ve had two full days training - I’m ready. “It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks as I wanted to be out there with the team but I’m back now and hopefully we can have another push.
“We’re not giving up, we’ll work right until the end and maybe we can sneak in there.”
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