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Neilson: Attack with aggression

15 April 2017

MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson has called for his side to do more when they have the ball in the attacking third.

Neilson’s men dominated possession against Scunthorpe United on Good Friday and looked the more accomplished when going forward but were unable to turn that into goals, as they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to the promotion chasers.

“I thought we had a lot of the ball, a lot of possession, but we weren’t aggressive enough in the first half," he told MK Dons PlayerHD.





"I thought Callum and Giorgio, who started the game, did really well. First 15 minutes, Giorgio looked great but as the game died down, it became harder for him to find those penetrative passes. I thought the two of them did fine. Brandon then came on and gave us a lift at the end. They are three young players who have done well recently and deserved a chance."
Blooding the youngsters

"We need to be more penetrative with our passing – it’s okay to just keep it but there has to be an end point. Even if at times that means taking a risk and giving the ball away, it’s better doing that than overplaying and letting the game peter out. Especially first half, we passed it for the sake of passing it."
Passing
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He added: “It’s up to us to break teams down and we need to try harder to do that. We are getting a reputation of good performances and results at home so teams will come here and just camp in.”

“Second half, we were a little bit better, but against a side like Scunthorpe, who set up for free-kicks and corners, it’s difficult. They got their goal and killed the game.”


"That’s really important for us. I think they only had one shot in the first half which was off target and then the goal. We probably had 60/70% of possession but we just didn’t do enough with the ball."
Limiting opponents

"We still want to win the games and on the balance of today, we should have probably won the game – we had the majority of the few chances there were. It’s important, though, that we give young players a chance."
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