Dean Lewington says the Dons still hold hope of achieving automatic promotion after they forced the race for second place in Sky Bet League 1 to the final day.
“We just had to do our job and get the three points, without worrying too much about what Preston did,” captain Lewington told MK Dons Player after the win at Spotland.
“Obviously we have to win our game (on Sunday) but we’ve forced them into a position where, realistically, they have to win too and that’s all we could really do. We’ve put as much pressure on them as we can - there’s still hope left.”
Unlike in recent games, the Dons were forced to dig deep towards the end of the clash at Dale and it was partly thanks to a number of stand-out defensive showings - namely a superb save from David Martin in stoppage-time – that they came away with the win.
“We’ve not really come across that this year having been two or three goals up in a lot of games. We knew they would come out in the second half and throw caution to the wind because they had to get something to get in the play-offs - it made the game difficult.
“At the end it was just long balls and ‘route one’ stuff. It was a bit hairy at times but the boys held firm and thanks to a few decent blocks, and Dave’s great save, we came away with three points.
“We’re not happy with the goals we conceded but when there are only two games to go, it’s just about getting the three points, so it was job done.”
Lewington and the Dons take on Yeovil Town in their final game of the regular season this Sunday lunchtime at stadiummk - tickets are priced from £20 adults, £15 seniors and £6 under-18s.
To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at stadiummk/kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343.