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Dons' spirit delights Spence

29 January 2015

Although disappointed not to win on Tuesday night, defender Jordan Spence was pleased with the resilience shown by the group to come from behind and earn a point.

The Dons found themselves 1-0 down in the second half courtesy of Tom Hopper’s 57th-minute finish but Kyle McFadzean salvaged a result for Karl Robinson’s men with a header late on.

“It was good to show that resilience once again, after going one-nil down,” Spence told Dons Player after the match. “We’ve done that quite a lot this season and that sort of spirit, character and quality will help us out in the long run.

“The confidence comes from doing it before but also knowing that we’re going to create chances. If we create chances, we believe we’ve got the players in the team that can take them.

“As a back four we know it’s our job to keep us in the game and, if we can do that, then we know we give our team a good chance to win the game. That’s the focus of the different units and today it’s proved good enough to get us a point.”

Had the men from MK1 been victorious on Tuesday they would have moved to the top of the Sky Bet League 1 table on goal difference – Spence, though, insists that there is still a long way to go before the end of the season.

“It’s disappointing not to get three points because everybody knows we try to get three points in every game. We’ve had a few of these, where we’ve been slightly disappointed not to win the game straight after – the ones at Crawley, Leyton Orient and Doncaster (Rovers).

“It would have been nice (to go top) as well but I’d prefer to be top in May. It wasn’t the be all or end all and, whether we won and went top or didn’t today, we were always going to be in for a fight.

“These points still keep us in the mix but the important thing is turning Saturday’s game into three points because four points from two games isn’t too bad.”

Saturday’s game sees Spence and the Dons come up against a Crewe Alexandra side that are also flirting with relegation at the bottom of League 1 and the right back, although confident of a result, is still prepared for another difficult encounter.

“I don’t think we’ve had an easy game away from home this season - even when we were five-nil up at Barnsley, we made that difficult for ourselves.

“Whether we’re going to the team at the top or the team at the bottom, we fancy ourselves as long as we do the right things. That will be the concentration from now, the recovery will begin straight away and then we’ll go again.”

Tickets for Saturday's clash at Crewe Alexandra are available to buy from the Box Office until 5pm on Friday, priced at £22 for adults, £17 for over-60s, £10.50 for under-16s and £6.50 for under-11s.

To purchcase your tickets click here, visit the Box Office at stadiummk/the kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343.

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