Dan Micciche insists MK Dons aren’t feeling sorry for themselves and remain focused on climbing out of the bottom four.
With 11 games to go, the Dons sit 22nd in the Sky Bet League One table, six points adrift of safety. They travel to Bradford City on Saturday, looking to return to winning ways and close that gap on the teams above them.
“I won't accept a victim mentality here,” Micciche said in his pre-match press conference.
“We are where we are. The margins are so small but we haven't executed the small details well enough in the time I've been here. I'm asking more from the team defensively and far more in the attacking third – everything has to be better.
“A lot of good work is going on, on the training ground but people will judge us on whether we get three points on a Saturday – that's football.”
He added: “There are 33 points on offer so it’s far too early to be talking about relegation – in fact, I don't want that word around the place. I firmly believe we'll be in this division [next season].”
Here’s what else Micciche had to say in his media address...
On the latest injury news...
“Peter [Pawlett] has been with us all week, as has Osman [Sow] – we'll see how they are for selection. We’ve been waiting for them for the last few weeks so it's a huge plus for us.
"Marcus [Tavernier] isn't with us at the moment. We've got to take our time with him – he's young and we don't want to take any risks. We're taking advice from Middlesbrough and we're monitoring him on a day-to-day basis.”
On Nigel Reo-Coker...
“Nigel is still training with us. His attitude has been excellent and he has excellent leadership qualities – he's great around the lads. We're just trying to get him fit at the moment.
"We've got [an Under-23s] game against Bristol Rovers on Monday which he'll play in and we'll take it from there. We want something to happen, he does too but we'll see how he does on Monday night.”
On Bradford City...
“We're aware [Charlie] Wyke is suspended for the game, but they’re still a good side. They're in the top half and they've got a new manager – we will see what impact that has.
"I'm only really focused on us though – nullifying their threats, taking the game to them, scoring goals and, hopefully, winning the game.”
On preparations for next season...
“You have to put these plans in place early. We've started to look at pre-season – where we will be going, which weeks we'll be in Milton Keynes and how many fixtures we’ll play. We've talked about recruitment too. One of the big parts of the role for me is forward planning.”
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Bradford City can now only be bought at the Northern Commercials Stadium, cash only. Tickets are priced at £25 adults, £15 seniors/students, £10 under-16s and £5 under-11s.