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Barker: Dons need to be harder to beat

31 October 2016

Richie Barker insists MK Dons must make it harder for teams to find the net.

With Barker in temporary charge, the men from MK1 failed to end a testing week on a positive note, after they were beaten 2-1 by promotion-favourites Sheffield United on Saturday.

Both of the Blades’ goals were ‘avoidable’ according to the head of coaching, which added to the frustration of coming away from Bramall Lane empty-handed.

“You could sum up our season there in those 90 minutes,” Barker told MK Dons PlayerHD. “Some absolutely fantastic football - we scored one of the best goals Sheff Utd are going to see against them here this season - we had a fantastic work ethic and effort from a great group of lads, but it’s still too easy to score against us.





He said: “Samir was our best player in the first 20 minutes but unfortunately we had to take him off. It was a big blow because he was making things happen for us.”

A real blow to the Dons’ cause on Saturday was an injury to Samir Carruthers, which forced the midfielder off midway through the first half.

He continued “We’ve conceded so many avoidable goals this season – nobody ever seems to score a good goal against us.”

“(The first goal) was avoidable because we had three opportunities to clear that corner. I can set them up for corners and give them the information but when the ball comes in you’ve got to deal with it and we didn’t.

“We created a shape and we worked on it all week, but I just asked for a willingness to keep the ball out of the back of our net and we fell short on that.


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“We made a very good team change what they were trying to do.”

“They could have gone under but they didn’t,” Barker said. “They stuck at it and we made arguably one of the best teams in the division change formation after 20 minutes – that proved to me how successful we were being.

While they didn’t go on to claim the points, Barker was pleased with the way in which the team bounced back from their early set back.

Despite all that went against the Dons early on, the team responded and after a dominant spell managed to equalise through Darren Potter.

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