Cameron Jerome has praised MK Dons for the way they navigated a tricky Emirates FA Cup.
Opponents Barnet caused a Cup upset in the First Round of the competition as they knocked out Sky Bet League One outfit Burton Albion 1-0.
With the clash being streamed live on BBC’s Digital Platforms, the tie had all the ingredients for a Cup upset.
The Dons, however, controlled the game throughout as they progressed into the Third Round of the competition for the first time in three years.
“Game like this are never easy,” Jerome told iFollow MK Dons following the full-time whistle. “They are a potential banana skin – but we remained professional and we concentrated throughout.
“The last 10-minutes turned into a bit of a basketball game, on the whole, we had a lot of control. It’s pleasing to have progressed into the next round and that’s all that matters.”
Jerome netted the winner with 82-minutes on the clock with his nonchalant backheel finding the bottom corner of Scott Loach’s goal.
The 34-year-old has played in countless Emirates FA Cup games and says he knew it may take a while to break down a resolute Barnet defence, and the Dons would need to be patient in order to find the first goal of the game.
“We stuck to our plan – we could have maybe had three or four on another day. If we’d have taken a bit more care with our finishing - we could have put the game to bed a lot earlier.
“We said in the dressing room that this game might take 75, 80 minutes before we can get a goal - we had to keep our discipline and structure.
“The gaffer will always tell us to keep going and eventually it happened and we got the breakthrough. We could have had another one before the end, but we take 1-0 away from home, dust ourselves down ready for Wednesday.”