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Boss: Final-third play must improve

The key talking points from Robbie Neilson's post-match press conference following the defeat to Blackpool...

14 August 2017

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Robbie Neilson says his MK Dons side must find a way to turn their possession and chances into goals.

The men from MK1 were beaten 1-0 by Blackpool last weekend in their first away league fixture of the 2017/18 campaign, despite having more efforts on goal than their hosts.

“For parts of the game we played alright but we need to be better,” Neilson told the media following the match.

“In the second half, we had extended period where we were on top, but we need to turn that into opportunities and goals. We need to go forward and create opportunities to score – we kept it in the central third well but the ball forward wasn't of the standard it needs to be.”

The Scotsman added: “It's massively disappointing to come away with nothing because we should be coming away from here winning – if we want to be at the top of the league, we have to do that.”

Here’s what else Neilson had to say in his post-match press conference...

Lacklustre display
“Defensively we looked alright but we just looked a bit lacklustre up top. We need to be more aggressive and more trusting of each other – we've got to start believing in each other. In the first half, we never really looked like we believed we could do it. Today was just disappointing.”

Blackpool’s goal
“We shouldn't be losing goals to set plays. We didn't get out to it fast enough and we made a poor decision when we got there.”

Taking responsibility
“We have to demand better of each other. We do it in training but when we get out on a Saturday you have to grab the game and take responsibility.”

Aaron Tshibola
“He was the best player on the pitch but we need everyone to be like that.”

Looking to add more attacking options
“Everyone knows what we need, and we see it. We need at least two offensive players - a striker and a number 10 to give us more depth. We also need a wider player. We're working away, but we have to make sure it's the right players.”

No.9 links
“There are a lot of players we're linked with – players are put out there left, right and centre. Until things are done, I don't like to comment on individual players. We're working hard in the background to get things done as privately as we can and we'll continue to do that.”

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