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Spence: We'll bounce back

30 December 2015

Jordan Spence is confident the Dons can dust themselves down and respond to Monday’s disappointing result at Birmingham City.

The men from MK1 were unable to back up an impressive Boxing Day victory over Cardiff City after they were beaten 1-0 by the Blues at St. Andrew’s.

“Overall we probably got what we deserved (at Birmingham),” Spence told MK Dons PlayerHD. “We’ll dust ourselves down, go again and hopefully improve our away form.

“The aim going in to the game was to win two on the bounce. Naturally there is a lot of disappointed in the dressing room but it’s not through a lack of effort, we just fell short in this one.”

He continued: “In the first half we were okay. We huffed and we puffed and we seemed to settle in the game quite quickly.

“In the second half our ball retention wasn’t good enough. We kept giving dropping deeper and deeper and inviting more pressure and of course, eventually they got the goal. It was similar to the game at home whereby they’ve made things difficult for us after they’ve scored.

“We had some half-chances to equalise and we got into some good areas but it wasn’t to be. They are very good defensively, very well organised, and we didn’t have enough to break them down.

“You can’t knock anyone for their effort. People who watch us will know we’re tryers and we were that but unfortunately the quality didn’t show.”

“Our objective is to improve next year and my objective personally is to improve as well.”

“It’s important the fans look back on the year and savour it but as players we have to keep looking forward because things move fast in football and if you get caught looking back, you’ll be left behind.

Monday’s clash at St. Andrew’s was the Dons’ final game of a memorable 2015 and while Spence acknowledges it’s a 12-month period the fans will remember for some time, his focus is solely on the future and improving in the New Year.

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