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Tom delighted with Doncaster shutout

27 October 2014

Defender Tom Flanagan made only his second start of the season on Saturday, as he helped the Dons to a third straight clean sheet away from home.

Karl Robinson’s side played out a 0-0 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, a result which extends their unbeaten run on the road to three games and Flanagan was pleased with both his performance and that of his team-mates.

“We’re a little bit frustrated but my no means disappointed to come to Doncaster, a team that will no doubt be up there at the end of the season, and walk away with a point,” the 23-year-old centre-back told MK Dons Player.

“If we’d have walked away with all three points Doncaster would have probably been devastated because they had a few chances too, although not as many clear-cut ones as us.

“That’s three clean-sheets in a row now, too. We did a lot of work during the week on their two strikers and that’s why we’re pleased, because we’ve come here with a game plan and we’ve stuck to it.

He continued: “It was nice, personally, to get 90 minutes under my belt. When you’re not first choice you have to wait for your chance and I’d like to think I’ve taken my opportunity. I was pleased with my performance and it’s up to the manger to decide what he wants to do on Tuesday.”

The Dons did have chances to come away from Yorkshire with all three points, including a fierce half-volley from Flanagan which rattled the left post.

“It was at a tight angle, and thinking about it I’d have probably liked to have hit it a little harder. It’s all about luck at times because you see them often hit the post and go in.

“I thought I should have had a better connection with a header late on as well, but the manager has picked me and the other defenders and goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet and we’ve done that. Three points would have been nice but it wasn’t to be.”

Flanagan has had to remain patient for his chance this season, and the former Northern Ireland Under-21 international hopes his impressive performance at the Keepmoat will help him in his bid to earn a starting berth.

“Of course, I want to start every week just like everybody does. You’ve just got to continue working and training hard during the week and then you find out on a Friday evening whether you’ve done enough.”

Attention now turns to Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash with Sheffield United, where a place in the quarter finals is on offer for the winner.

“It would be brilliant if we get through the cup. Sheffield United are not doing as well as they would like at the moment, but it’s a one off game and anything can happen. We’ll try and win it on the night and if we do that’ll be great.

“If we win this game and get another decent draw in the next round then we’re staring at Wembley which is the stuff people dream of.”

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