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Football: Match in the spotlight MK Dons v Tranmere 3pm tomorrow.

Byline: Steve Davies

THE HOME VIEW

Our luck has finally changed

Danny Wilson Dons manager

YOU have to go the distance in the league. Anyone who gives up after 35 matches wants their backsides kicking because there is so much still to play for as we have proved. Luck plays a major part in your season and we have had wretched luck at times. Yet in our last two games, against Hartlepool and Chesterfield, the goals have arrived really late. Now suddenly our destiny is in our own hands. Tranmere had a bad result on Saturday so if we can beat them we go above them in the table. If we get two wins I'd like to think that we will finish out of the bottom four.

THE AWAY VIEW

We have plenty of character

Brian Little Rovers boss

FOUR games ago you'd have bet on us being 100 per cent safe. Now we've lost four in a row, two players to injury, two more to suspension, but at least we know exactly what we have to do. I know we can't go out and buy a bucketful of confidence but what we have got is character and commitment - we are in a corner but we won't lie down. Over the last 15 years as a manager I have gone into the last game of a season needing a win to get promoted, win a championship or avoid relegation. I have been there, seen it and done it, yet every experience is a new one. This is probably as bad a season as I have ever had but it can finish on some sort of high if we want it to.

Key stat

The MK Dons won their last two matches last season to stay up - one was a 2-1 win against Tranmere. The Dons had five 2-1 wins in their last 11 matches.

Match betting

Best prices

MK Dons

11-10 Bet365 Paddy Power

Tranmere

13-5 Tote

Draw

5-2 Ladbrokes, Tote

First goalscorer

Bet365: 9-2 I McLeod (MK), 5 S Taylor (MK), C Platt (MK), 13-2 C Greenacre (T), W Small (MK), C Zola (MK), 8 D Facey (T), 9 S Davies (T), G Smith (MK), N Rizo (MK), 12 G Edds (MK), 16 S O'Leary (T), 18 B Harding (MK), M Kamara (MK), 28 S Aiston (T), G Roberts (T)

Key man

Gareth Edds, MK Dons

Gareth Edds won't make it on to the Australian flight to Germany this summer but he'll be getting the freedom of Milton Keynes (presuming he'd want it) if his side stays up.

Failure to win at Chesterfield last week would have meant disaster but ex-Nottingham Forest man Edds pounced in injury time to maintain the Dons' remarkable transformation from relegation certs to survival possibles.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2006
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