Another excellent home display was finally rewarded with a win on Saturday – one which, understandably, delighted manager Karl Robinson.
“I thought we started the game in a superb way,” he said. “We came out of the blocks and made it difficult for Blackburn. I thought my players conducted themselves wonderfully from first to last.”
The Dons’ cause was helped by Rovers being reduced to 10 men when Adam Henley brought down the impressive Josh Murphy.
He said: “It was a straight red but a borderline penalty. I thought it might have been outside the area and wasn’t overly sure, but if it’s gone in our favour, it’s been a long time.
“I’ve always said I don’t want to win games like that and I don’t like losing them through refereeing decisions, so I can’t have it every way and we have to talk about it when it goes for us. We rode our luck but it’s only what we deserve.”
He added: “I told the players at half-time we have rode our luck and we’ve got to make sure we capitalise. You can use it as an excuse when it goes against you, but when it goes for you, you can’t dismiss it.”
Despite dominating throughout, Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jake Forster-Caskey had to be on hand to ensure the score remain 1-0 at half-time with a vital piece of defending.
He said: “I thought the big turning point was Jake Forster-Caskey clearing one off the line at 1-0. That was the match-winning 10 seconds for me, and it sounds silly as he was just doing his job, but it’s easy how you can get carried away and not doing your job.”
The win moved the men from MK1 up to 16th in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of the two away trips this week to Huddersfield Town and Queens Park Rangers.
He concluded: “I thought at one stage we could have been capitalised against and we rode our luck at some stages but it’s a very good three points. It makes the league table look a lot better for obvious reasons.
“Winning makes a difference down there. When you at the top and win, you do the press expecting to see everyone around has won. Now, once you’ve won, you know you’ve bettered at least three/four teams around you. What it does is that it catapults us into a productive week with Huddersfield and QPR away. It’s going to be a difficult four/five days but we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for it.”