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Robbie's praise for clinical Dons

31 December 2016


Robbie Neilson praised his players for taking advantage of their early dominance in Friday’s win over Swindon Town.

The Scotsman spoke after the Boxing Day defeat to Charlton Athletic about the importance of scoring when on top and MK Dons side responded by netting twice in the first half against the Robins, en route to a 3-2 victory.
“I thought we played really well for the first 30, 35 minutes,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD.

“I thought the team worked really hard and hopefully this bodes well for the New Year. We want to be a team pushing up the table, winning games and one the fans are going to enjoy coming to see.”
“The last five or 10 minutes was difficult because they were desperate to get something and we were desperate to hold on – we had to grind out the result.
“The first goal is really important but so is the second goal. It gives you that little bit of lee-way and we saw tonight that we needed that.
“We fell away a bit after that but the difference between the previous game and this one was that we managed to score when we were on top – we managed to get that lead that saw us through the rest of the game.

Neilson's Dons are back in action on Monday when they travel to Chesterfield -

Neilson added: “The players have a responsibility to create chances for the strikers. Himself, Kieran and Kabo (Kabongo Tshimanga) all make good runs and we have to feed them because the more opportunities we give them, the more they’ll score.”
“It was a great finish. Typical Nicky Maynard – he makes a dart, we play it through and it’s a great little finish across the keeper.”
“It was great for Nicky Maynard getting his 100th goal. It’s been a difficult period for him but he’s been playing well and making runs. He eventually got that goal and I’m delighted for him.
Kieran Agard grabbed those two early goals for the men from MK1 but it was Nicky Maynard who stole the headlines in the second half, ending his baron run by scoring his 100th career goal in front of the Cowshed. tickets can be bought ahead of kick-off at the Proact Stadium priced at £22 adults, £15 over-65s/17-20s and £11 under-16s.

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