JOHN GORMAN called on MK Dons fans to play their part in the forthcoming play-off semi-final clashes with Huddersfield Town and said: "We’re in a cup final to get to a cup final."
Former England coach Gorman, who will retire as assistant manager to Karl Robinson at MK at the end of the play-off campaign, admitted his team were below par as they slumped to an unexpected 1-0 home defeat to Walsall.
But like Town manager Simon Grayson, he played down the importance of which order the legs will be played in after MK lost the opportunity of hosting the second game a week tomorrow.
"It turned out to be a very bad game for us and our worst performance of the season, but sometimes that’s football," said the hugely-experienced 62-year-old Scotsman.
"When you play like we have all season then not finished fourth it’s disappointing, but you can’t really knock us for one bad performance.
"We can’t make excuses. We weren’t at the races and couldn’t get our game going, but we’ve had very few days like this."
Gorman continued: "In the previous home game, we beat Sheffield United to pretty much stop them getting (automatic) promotion.
"There was a great atmosphere and the lads responded. We showed great skill in a wonderful performance.
"Now the fans can help us and make the play-off days great.
"It doesn’t matter who is at home second. Look at Chelsea when they went to Barcelona.
"If we get the result here, we can go up to Huddersfield and be hard to beat like we have been all season."