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Quotes: Lewington and Carruthers

18 August 2016

Match Reports

Quotes: Lewington and Carruthers

18 August 2016

Dean Lewington and Samir Carruthers react after MK Dons' 2-1 defeat to Bradford City at Stadium MK...

On not being able to fashion a Millwall-like comeback...
“It was similar, in a way, to Saturday, in that we started quite brightly and looked the better team then out of nothing we go two-nil down. It was two quick goals and we needed to stop doing that. We did that before a couple of years ago where we conceded one and then two very quickly afterwards. On Saturday we were lucky enough to get back in but it very difficult to keep doing that. It was too big a challenge to do.

On stopping the early goals...
“We look a lot at the stats after the game. You look at the shots we’ve had and they’ve had four in the whole game. Sometimes you just need to keep doing the things you’re doing because it works, we’ve done it before. Sometimes you get these weird anomalies where everything they hit goes in. Bradford seem to be the team we just can’t seem to beat, they’ve got a bit of a hold over us. It was very similar to last time they come here, when they beat us 2-1 again. We just can’t quite beat them. We’re very disappointed with the result but there’s a lot to be positive about.”

“It just seems like we’re waiting for something to happen against us for us to react. We need to be on the ball straight away and go for it. I don’t think we went for it at the start of the game, we waited for them to make the first move. We need to be on the A-game straight away and hopefully we’ll win plenty of games.”
On two good performances not resulting in wins...

“We started off very slow. It was almost like we were waiting to go two-nil down before starting to play. If we play the way we did in the second half, throughout 90 minutes, for the rest of the season then I’m sure we’re going to be very, very strong and hopefully beat a lot of teams.”
On a frustrating evening...

“It’s disappointing but (losing) is part and parcel of football, it’s about how you react to that loss. We look forward now to Rochdale where we’ll try and get a positive result.”
On putting things right this Saturday...

“We’ve got a few new faces in and, in a way, we’re back at the start of a cycle. You have to go through these mini-lessons sometimes and we’ll get better for that. We’re working very hard on the training ground with the new boys we’ve got in and I think we’ll keep on getting better and better. We are creating chances and we’re looking dominant in most areas of the game, we just need to brush up on little bits and pieces, then hopefully it will come together.”
On taking the positives...

“The good thing with playing in these leagues, if you get a defeat you very rarely have to wait a full week for another game. We’ll get (Bradford) out of our system straight away. On Thursday we’ll come in and look at our mistakes and then it will all be about Rochdale.”
On quick turnaround...

“I’m still getting back to full fitness. My groin is still not quite 100 percent but I’m one of those people who’d rather play on a 50 percent groin than have to wait for it to get to better. I’ve just got to keep getting fitter and stronger. It was difficult taking that injury at the start of the season, especially after having a strong pre-season. I’ve just got to stick with it,  do everything Crammo (Simon Crampton) tells me and recover properly.”
On comeback from injury...MK Dons will look to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Rochdale - tickets for the clash at Spotland are priced at £22 adults, £16 seniors/young persons and £5 juniors, while away travel is available at a rate of £23 adults and £22 all other supporters.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office/centre:mk kiosk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday.

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