KEVIN McDonald celebrated a third City win in caretaker charge today and insisted: “It’s definitely not easy.”

Emmanuel Osadebe scored the only goal to beat Wimbledon as the big Scot kept up his 100 per cent record since stepping up to replace Mark Hughes.

McDonald admitted the Bantams got lucky at times – with Omar Bugiel heading against the inside of the post.

But City dug in for the victory at Plough Lane in front of nearly 1,000 jubilant away fans.

McDonald said: “It’s a good result to come away to a hard place and win 1-0 against a team that don’t concede many goals.

“Certain parts of the performance were below par at times but on the whole, especially the second half, I thought we put our own dimension on the game.

“It’s been a good week.”

Osadebe had only been on the pitch for six minutes when he struck from Andy Cook’s flick-on. But McDonald was not taking the credit for an “inspired substitution.”

“Nah, definitely not,” he laughed. “Manny’s done well – he did well when he came on last week.

“That’s what Manny brings to the team. When you get him at it and get him flying, he brings a different dimension to what we’ve got.

“You saw that. He can play one touch, he can dribble, he can finish. He’s got it all.

“I’m delighted for Manny. He’s obviously had a tough time at the start of the season not being in the team much but he’s come in and done well.

“It’s definitely not easy. That’s three times people have said that to me this week but it’s definitely not.

“We’ve played three games and won all three but you won’t see me getting carried away.

“I’ve never got carried away as a player and again it won’t happen as a caretaker manager. We’re here to do a job on behalf of the club and that’s what we’ll do until told otherwise.”

Osadebe’s 63rd-minute goal came from City’s first shot on target as they showed a different side against a team who would have gone second with a win.

McDonald added: “Yeah we had to dig in, at times through our own errors and wrong-doing.

“But sometimes that’s the best way to win a game of football. I used to love winning 1-0 and grinding it out.

“They are going to create chances, of course. They’re going to lump the ball forward as every team would do, including ourselves.

“We’ve won three games and have ridden our luck at times but at the same time we’ve created a lot of chances of late.”

City remain in no hurry to sort out the permanent situation with the manager. McDonald is happy to carry on in the meantime.

"I’ll speak to Ryan (Sparks) after the game and I’m sure we’ll say well done to one another and we'll move on.

“We’ve had honest, confidential conversations between the two of us so we both know exactly how it is and that's the way it will be until told differently."

McDonald confirmed that City had lost their appeal against Osadebe’s red card at Grimsby in midweek.

"It's been denied so he's suspended for three games in the EFL Trophy. That's a blow again but that’s part of football.

"He was disappointed because he played well on Tuesday evening and it's testament to his character that he can pick himself up again and that's exactly what he's done.”