MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was encouraged to see his young side go toe-to-toe with an experienced outfit in Preston North End.
"We’ve still got a lot of learning to do but we’re very young and it’s a tremendous learning curve against an experienced side. I think the way they performed will give those younger lads confidence going into forthcoming games."
"It was a different MK Dons performance, but if we didn’t do that we would have got beaten. I said to the players that I’m proud of the way they played that game – it’s a bit different to our normal style so I’m pleased.
"We need to build on this now and use these nights as a learning curve for future games.
"It wasn’t a classic, but the pitch was difficult and we’ve got seven points from a possible nine which is not a bad return," he told MK Dons Player.
The 0-0 draw saw Dons move up to ninth and extend their unbeaten run to three games, backing up the wins over Walsall and Oldham Athletic.
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Robinson lost both Samir Carruthers (knee) and Lee Hodson (hip/groin) to injury, but he was quick to praise the team for the way they reacted to those setbacks.
He said: “Losing Samir was a big scupper to our game plan and then to lose Lee through injury at half-time as well made it even more difficult, but the group took on board what we asked of them and tactically I think we got it right. “I thought we were much better second half and I prefer it that way around. I’m frustrated because we obviously wanted to win the game but it was a pleasing point.
"Both teams were still trying to win the game late on and I wanted to keep my attacking players on the pitch because I felt we could do that. We’ve got a strong unit here and they believe they can still go and win games when it’s tight which is encouraging for forthcoming games."
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