Scott Fraser has reserved special praise for both Russell Martin and Luke Williams for the support the duo have given him both on and off the pitch.
The Scot admits he hasn’t been up to the standards he sets himself in recent weeks but has credited the staff and players for helping him recapture his form.
The 26-year-old showed his bravery admitted he’s struggled during the latest lockdown, with his family and friends in Scotland unable to travel to Milton Keynes.
Fraser noted he’s confided Martin and Williams, which has allowed him to find his best form on the pitch.
“I’ve not been happy with myself,” Fraser told iFollow MK Dons. “I’ve spoken to the gaffer about that, and I have a really good relationship with him and Luke (Williams) where I can talk to them about anything, on and off the park.
“I’ve things off the pitch that I’m not really happy with at the moment. I think when you're happy, you play your best football and I really appreciate their support. I spoke to them the other day and had a good chat about things that are going on. I hope that will bring back my best form.
“It has been tough for everyone, these lockdowns but it's really tough being so far from my friends and family – it’s not easy. Everything is good when things are going well, scoring and assisting, but it says a lot about the staff when things aren't going well. It could be easy for them to think I’m not playing well.”
Fraser is enjoying his most productive season in front of goal in his professional career. His penalty against Portsmouth took Fraser to 12 goals for the campaign, an achievement he’s happy with given his late start to this season.
“I've got very high standards of myself. I know where I can play, where I should play and where I can get to and I’ve shown them standards. If you offered me this at the start of the season, seven good months without a pre-season, I'd have taken that.
“I cannot thank the staff and the team for the support they've given me. The players too, we have a really good unit here.”
Saturday’s clash also saw the return of David Kasumu to the Starting XI - and the Academy Graduate was back to his usual self. He was named Man of the Match by Match Sponsors MK Citizen – with Fraser admitting he’s happy to see the youngster return.
“Josh and Surs have been really good but with Dave, I’ve got a good relationship with him and I think he has made me look better than I should at times! It’s great to have him back, you can see what he does off the ball, but more importantly on the ball. I'm looking forward to playing more with him.”