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Potter inspired by Spanish blueprint

25 July 2013

Wednesday night’s match against Rayo Vallecano will live long in the memory for Darren Potter.

, watched in awe as the La Liga side played some scintillating football at MK1, especially in the first half, and believes the Dons should be inspired by what they saw.mkstadiumThe MK Dons midfielder, like many spectators at

In England the Dons have a good reputation for playing an attractive, passing style of football but their Spanish visitors showed there is room for improvement.  

Speaking to MK Dons Player, Potter said: “I think they showed us how to do it properly. That is the blueprint for how we want to play and we’ve come up against a team that are very good at it. So we’ve learnt a lot individually and I’m sure the coaching staff will take stuff from it as well and we can improve going forward from this game.

“It was something we were expecting, they’re technically very good and we’re not going to come up against teams like that week in week out in this League. We knew what we were in for although we didn’t know too much about the individual players. 

“We had a game plan which was to press them from the off and that worked and we scored two goals from that in the first half. It was an exciting opportunity for us to pit our wits against a top quality La Liga side and I think we’ve more than held our own.”

The Dons are currently unbeaten in pre-season having won six and drawn two, but their next test comes with a tricky trip to Barnet on Saturday.

Barnet, relegated from League 2 on the final day of last season, will provide a tough challenge for the Dons just a week ahead of the Sky Bet League 1 season.

Potter added: “(Being unbeaten) gives you a winning mentality to remain unbeaten. I think the exercise we’ve got out of the games, especially tonight, is more important than the results. 

“(Barnet) should be another good test. Pre-season games are all about getting fit, as I’ve said, and they’ve been worthwhile exercises so far so I’m sure the Barnet game will be no different.”

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