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All Wright on the night

7 November 2012

First team coach Ian Wright was as pleased as anyone to see Ryan Lowe’s 41st minute strike hit the back of the net in MK Dons’ 1-0 win over Leyton Orient on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old was in the right place at the right time to turn home Bowditch’s cross just before half-time and earn the Dons their second League win on the bounce.

And Wright, who has been working tirelessly with the Dons’ forwards in recent weeks, was delighted to see Lowe’s hard-work pay off as Robinson’s side climbed one place into eighth in League 1.

Speaking after the game, the former-Arsenal and England star said: “That goal will lift a huge weight off Ryan’s shoulders because he’s had a difficult start to the season.

“I was really pleased for him tonight because he’s worked hard in training and in the games he’s played and that goal will bring him confidence which is what it’s all about for strikers – confidence.

“It’s what we work on during the week and to be fair, at training the finishing is as good as anything I’ve seen but of course it’s different on the pitch as it’s a different atmosphere and requires a different state of mind. 

“You just have to try and take the state of mind from training into a game and have the confidence to do what you do in training on a Saturday or a Tuesday.”

Despite the one-goal advantage at half-time, the Dons failed to extend their lead in the second half which resulted in a nervy finish for Wright and everybody else in stadiummk.

“It’s never comfortable when you’re only winning 1-0. It was dangerous towards the end as they had a few free-kicks and put some good balls in the box but I thought David Martin did very well with them.

“But you don’t want to be that uncomfortable, especially after you’ve played so well in the first half and could have finished the game off after only 25 minutes.

“The first half performance was really good but it was another one of those games where we created enough chances but didn’t take them.

“And then the second half wasn't the best compared to how we did in the opening 45 and that’s something we’ve got to work on now. We’ve got to take how we played at the start and apply it to the latter stages to get the consistency to finish teams off.

“It’s important we build on the result though and I think we should still be confident. We’ve got a good game against Sheffield United on Saturday and it will be a great occasion.

“There’s a lot of confidence in the dressing room now and belief that our luck will change with regards to goals and I’m sure somebody will get a good hiding soon.”

Finally, Wright reserved a special mention for his latest ‘Strikers Club’ recruit Ibra Sekajja, who joined the Dons on loan from Crystal Palace hours before the game.

“I’ve seen enough of him (Ibra Sekajja) to know he looks really lively and that he will cause teams problems with his pace.

“It’ll be a great experience for him and I think if he does come on and have a go in the games he plays then he may raise the spirits of everyone around him.

“It’ll be good for him to train with us a bit more and learn how we play. I think he’s what we’re missing at the moment – that real injection of pace up the top end. I’m really excited by him.”

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