Alan Bennett says there has been a ‘100 per cent turnaround' at AFC Wimbledon this season.
Wimbledon spent the majority of last term scrapping for their lives at the wrong end of the table but have made a strong start to the new campaign.
The Dons are up to the dizzying heights of third in League Two as they prepare to take on Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road this weekend.
Performances, particularly at home, have been a vast improvement on the previous year and Bennett is confident there will be no final-day fight for survival come next May.
He said: “It's been a 100 per cent turnaround since then [last season]. Whether it's the different personnel, the different ethic in the training ground, a lot of people are working hard and it's more of a team. There was a lot of bad habits last year but less so this season.
“As the gaffer always says – it's a game of percentages – and we've upped ours this year. The team always starts, the squad always finishes. The players that we can bring on are excellent as well so there's real competition for places.”
Three points at Whaddon Road on Saturday would be a dream scenario for the Dons captain against his old club, however Bennett insists Wimbledon’s unbeaten home run must continue if they are to be successful in 2012-14.
He added: “Home form is the key to a good season. You do what you do on the road and if you can pick up some points it's great, but here is where we've got to pick up the most points.”