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Baker pleased to stay unbeaten

16 December 2014

Carl Baker’s goal at Preston North End on Saturday helped the Dons extend their unbeaten league run to 10 games – their longest stretch while playing in English football’s third tier.

Baker turned home a Dele Alli cross in the first half of this past weekend’s clash at Deepdale, before Lilywhites defender Scott Wiseman fired home an equaliser for the hosts in the 68th minute.

The result means the men from MK1 still haven’t lost a League 1 clash since the 3-2 defeat at Bristol City on 27th September – just under three months ago.

“I think it was just as important to come here and not lose as it was to win,” Baker told MK Dons Player after the match.

“We’ve kept our unbeaten run going and although we expect to pick up maximum points everywhere we go now because of we’ve been playing well, it’s not a defeat so we can’t be too hard on ourselves.

“It was a really, tough physical game but we know it was going to be that way, so we still should have stuck to our game plan. We couldn’t get the ball down as much as we’d have liked to and the gaffer gave us a good rollicking because we didn’t play to our strengths.

“This is a tough place to play, though. It’s pleasing that when we come to these places we can stand up to the battle. This Preston side will bully a lot of other sides but we’ve stood up to the test and given us a good as we’ve got.

“Hopefully come the end of the season it will be a good point.”

Baker’s strike was his third since joining the Dons back in September and the winger, who delighted to get on the scoresheet once again, was also keen to praise the man who provided the assist - Dele Alli.

“It’s always nice to score. It’s another goal to my tally and I’m delighted to get that.

“Dele did really well for it. I knew he was going to go past the player because he does it every week, so I just gambled on it and got across my full back and fortunately I was in the right place at the right time. As soon as he put it in, I couldn’t miss really.”

Saturday’s draw means the Dons are three points adrift of second place going into this weekend’s clash with Oldham Athletic, where Baker insists the side will be doing all they can to come away with the victory.

“Every game that comes now is massively important. (Preston) was a huge game for us and now Oldham will get even bigger and the game after that even bigger also.

“Oldham is a huge game for us now. Four points from these two games would not a bad return, considering one of them was away at Preston, so we’ll be working all week to make that happen.”

Tickets for Saturday's clash with Oldham Athletic are available to buy right up until kick-off, priced at £20 for adults and £6 for under-18s.

To purchase tickets click here - or vist the Box Office at stadiummk or the kiosk at thecentre:mk, call 01908 622900 or email boxoffice@mkdons.com.


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