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Pawlett: Plenty of positives in draw

Midfielder reflects on Saturday’s draw...

11 December 2017

Peter Pawlett scored his second goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town.

The former-Aberdeen man coolly slotted home past Dean Henderson after Chuks Aneke found the winger unmarked in the box.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for MK Dons, however, as Shaun Whalley’s wonder goal from 30-yards earned the visitors a point.

“It’s very frustrating,” Pawlett said in his post-match interview.

“I thought we played very well and created numerous chances. We weren’t as clinical in front of goal as we had hoped and it’s disappointing that their lad puts one in the top corner with 10 minutes left.

“It feels like a defeat but we worked hard and we can definitely take positives from the game.”

Despite a season of indifferent results, Pawlett is confident that luck will eventually turn in favour of MK Dons.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck on your side and that’ll eventually change for us - on another day their goal goes over the bar. We’ll move on though and work hard in training this week and regroup again.

“All the lads are confident in themselves and confident in each other – I think that’s the most important part, that you believe in your teammates. 

“We’ve got a lot of strong characters in the dressing room, it’ll eventually change for us and we’ll hopefully get ourselves up the table.”

Pawlett’s 56th-minute strike was his second goal of the season having found the back of the net against Maidstone United in the Emirates FA Cup.

Despite Pawlett admitting he’ll be judged on goals and assists, it’s winning that matters most to the 26-year-old.

“As a player, I’ll be judged on goals and assists – if I can help the team gain some points that’s the most important thing. It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win.” 

Pawlett concluded with a look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe United.

“We will regroup this week, watch the game back and look for positives and areas we can improve upon. We’re all confident in our own abilities and each other’s abilities – the manager believes in us all too.

“If we stay together, things will turn.”

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