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Robbie: We must stick together to turn around form

Boss reflects on the Boxing Day defeat to Plymouth Argyle...

27 December 2017

Robbie Neilson insists the players, staff and supporters must stick together if MK Dons are to put an end to their disappointing run.

Neilson’s Dons were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day – their second successive defeat and a result which saw them drop a place to 20th in the Sky Bet League One table.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” said Neilson in his post-match press conference. “We need to be better because we’re not in the position we want to be in.

“We have to stick together and keep working hard, and the fans need to continue turning out and supporting the players too – that’s the only way we’ll get out of this.

“We are confident that it will turn and that we will get ourselves going – we need to make sure we do that on Saturday.”

Here’s what else we learnt from Neilson’s post-match press conference...

On what was the difference between the two teams...
“They scored the goal and we didn’t. I don’t think there was much difference between the two teams – if anything we created the better opportunities but we just didn’t have that final finish.”

On Peter Pawlett playing at right-back...
“I felt in the previous game we weren’t getting a lot going forward from the defensive unit so we wanted to put Peter there to give us more of an attacking threat. He’s played there before. I thought he did really well there. He got forward well, especially in the second half.”

On the lack of cutting edge...
“We got into really good areas, especially in the first 30 minutes, but it was just the final pass selection or cross which was missing.”

On the job in hand...
“I knew that it was going to be a huge task when I came here. This was always going to be a transitional year although the aim was to try and get promoted in that transitional year, so it has not worked out the way we wanted to. There is still a huge job to do here but we’ve got good players here, a fantastic chairman and great support.”

On communication with the Chairman...
“We speak after games all the time. We’ll speak tonight and we’ll speak tomorrow because we’re gearing up for the January window as well. There’s always communication.”

On the reaction from supporters at the full-time whistle...
“We are all disappointed with the result and that is part and parcel. I thought the support was great as it has been all season.”

On the January Transfer Window...
“I think the January window will be very important. The key is to get good players in. We’re aiming to try and get them in as early as we can because the longer it goes, the more games that bypass us but at the end of the day, it’s about getting the quality in that can take the Club forward.”

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Robbie Neilson's MK Dons will be looking to bounce back on Saturday when they host Peterborough United at Stadium MK.

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s* and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE*.

Supporters can upgrade to East Centre for a small £5 premium, while a seat in clubRed is just £10 more and includes a teamsheet, half-time tea/coffee and access to the Man of the Match presentation.

What’s more, discounts are available to members and Season Ticket holders wishing to purchase additional seats, as well as groups of 20 or more.

To purchase tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.


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