Russell Martin’s MK Dons made it back-to-back league wins on New Year’s Day to move out of the bottom three in Sky Bet League One for the first time in two months.
The Dons, who beat Portsmouth 3-1 in their final match of 2019, comfortably saw off an in-form Bristol Rovers side at Stadium MK, with goals from Rhys Healey, Sam Nombe and Kieran Agard securing the 3-0 triumph.
“I thought the players were excellent,” Martin said in his post-match press conference.
“We’ve come through a difficult period physically, with so many games in such a short period of time, and they’ve given us everything they’ve got. To a man, they’ve been outstanding and it’s a testament to what we’ve got in this building.
“The last two results have been excellent, but so have the performances. What the fans, the Chairman and we want as a team, is to be on the front foot and to be aggressive - I couldn’t ask for anymore in terms of that.
“With the league position we are in, for them to play like that, with that much confidence, courage and conviction, is phenomenal - I’m so pleased for them.”
Wednesday’s win moved the Dons above Tranmere Rovers and into 20th place in the Sky Bet League One table – the first time they have been above the red line since the start of November.
Martin feels it’s nothing less than the squad deserve for their recent performances.
“I’m conscious and aware of where we are but I haven’t been paying too much attention to the table and I haven’t spent my time working out permutations," he commented.
“Of course, though, it is a boost psychologically [to be out of the bottom three]. It’s what the players have deserved for the way they’ve played in the last few weeks.
“It’s a positive and now it’s our job to make sure we stay out of it. We are in charge of our own destiny and it’s up to us as to where we head from here.”
Russell Martin's MK Dons are next in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday 11 January when they travel to the St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium to take on Coventry City.
Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 seniors/under-22s and £10 under-18s while nurses and members of the armed forces can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £15.
Official Away Travel is available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £14 Season Ticket holders and members and £15 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 12noon.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from the Club until 5pm on Friday 10th January.