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Neilson wants another fast start

7 April 2017

Robbie Neilson wants MK Dons to make another fast start this afternoon at Swindon Town, as they look to extend their winning run to three games.

In each of their past two victories, the Dons have scored inside the first 10 minutes and Neilson believes that is crucial, especially when playing away from home.

“When you go away from home it’s really important you don’t let the other team get settled,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “If you can get on the front foot and get the first goal then you put the pressure on them.

We’ll be hoping to do that on Saturday. It’s going to be a tough game but hopefully the fans come down and support us and we can get another three points.”

Here’s what else Neilson had to say ahead of today’s clash at The County Ground...
On recent turnaround...
“We had a good period between December and January and then we fell away a little bit. We had some injuries and suspensions which hit the squad a little bit. We’ve got mostly everyone back now and the guys who came in January have their fitness levels up to where they need to be and we’re starting to see the benefit of that as well.”

On clean-sheets...
“It’s really pleasing. Lee (Nicholls) has done really well in the two games he’s come in, as has David (Martin) all season. The back four or back five, whatever it’s been, have been pretty solid too. I think it’s the whole team working hard defensively, though, which is helping us.”

“There are really good, strong characters in the squad. (The AFC Wimbledon defeat) was a disappointment but we’ve bounced back since then. The aim now is to try and get as high as we can up the league.
On response to AFC Wimbledon defeat...The game at Charlton on Tuesday was a big one for us because we knew if we won by two clear goals we’d get into the top half. “They will be in the squad. I’ll make a decision (on Friday) about what we’ll do. We still want to win the game because it’s important to get that top-half finish so any players who do come in have to be at the level which will enable the team to win the game.”
On young players getting a chance...

“They’ve had a difficult season, as have we. They’ve picked up recently and had two wins on the bounce.  They’ve changed their shape a little bit and they like to dominate a lot of the play. We need to make sure we go down there and stop them doing that.”
On Swindon Town...

We’re in the top half, now we want to stay there and try to push on.

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