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Barker sees the bigger picture

9 November 2016

Richie Barker was keen to look at the bigger picture after his side’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at Norwich City.

A young MK Dons side missed out on a chance to finish top in their group on Tuesday evening after falling to a Canaries outfit which included a number of first-team players.

Barker, though, would much rather focus on the positives, which include two debuts and a first senior goal for one of those making his first appearance, scholar Finn Tapp.

“We’ve lost a game but looking at the bigger picture, for the Football Club there’s certainly more positives than negatives,” Barker told MK Dons PlayerHD.

“We finished with every outfield player on the pitch an Academy graduate or player. It will be a night one or two of the players will look back on fondly –  Finn will, I’m sure!”

“I think Norwich will be one of the favourites to win this competition but we were one of the first teams to score against them and they scored their fewest amount of goals out of three games against us.

“Fair play to people those who have been regulars in the first-team – their attitude has been fantastic and they welcome the younger players into the squad brilliantly, helping them throughout.”

While pleased with his young Dons, Barker also took time to mention his more senior players who performed professionally not only in the game but in the build-up to the match.

“They still have a long way to go and loads to learn but in terms of us trying to move them on in their development, I’m sure tonight will go a long way towards doing that.”

He continued: “This is what the Clubs always been about and I buy into that. Working with these players over the last couple of days has been great – they are very enthusiastic.

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