Russell Martin is still hurt by the defeat to Lincoln City earlier this season and hopes to make up for the September loss when his side reunite with the Imps tonight.
The Dons were beaten 2-1 by Lincoln in their opening home league match of the 2020/21 campaign, failing to recover from a poor first-half performance during which Martin’s men conceded a controversial penalty.
“The home game still hurts me,” Martin admitted in his pre-match press conference ahead of this evening’s clash at the LNER Stadium. “We have to put in a good performance and be clinical in the final third.
“I don’t think you can take anything away from Appleton. He’s changed a lot in terms of the players and the style and it’s showing.
“They’ve been disrupted by Covid and lost a lot of players through injury but I’m sure they’ll want to finish their season in the play offs.
“We’re going in good form, with good performance levels. Full credit to them for what they’ve done, but it’s a game we are looking forward too.”
One player who won’t be involved tonight is defender Warren O’Hora, who looks set to miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury.
There is, however, better news on Louis Thompson and Cameron Jerome, although it doesn’t appear as though either will be able to make the trip to Lincoln.
“Louis is going to be back very quickly and while Cammy might take a bit longer, we’re hopeful to have him back before the end of the season,” Martin revealed.
“It’s disappointing but we will have them back before the end of the season. Cam, especially, is a bit of a machine, so hopefully he’ll be alright.”