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What we learnt: Robbie's Rotherham presser

The key talking points from Robbie Neilson's pre-match press conference...

22 December 2017

Robbie Neilson knows his MK Dons side must start converting draws into victories if they are to climb the Sky Bet League One table.

Only one other side in the division has drawn more times than the Dons, who have shared the spoils in six of their last nine league fixtures.

“We have been drawing lots of games,” Neilson recognised in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“The big disappointment is that we have been in positions to see out games, and go and win games but we haven’t done that.

“We need to start turning these draws into wins because it would make a massive difference to our season.”

What better time for the Dons to start putting together a run of victories than during the festive period when they play four games in the space of just nine days, starting this weekend in South Yorkshire.

“This is an extremely important time because we play so many games over such a short period of time,” Neilson said.

"We see it as a great opportunity to springboard our season and get going.”

Here’s what else we learnt from Neilson’s pre-match press conference...
On the injured players...
“[Gilbey] has trained the past two days so we’re hopeful of getting him back for Saturday.

“[Saturday] will probably come a little too early for Ouss [Cisse].

“[Scott] had a little problem with his hip so he hasn’t trained the last couple of days. We expect him to train [on Friday] and be ready for Saturday.”

On Osman Sow...
“I still think there is a little bit more to go for Osman [before he can play 90 minutes]. He’s done 55 and then 60 minutes but I still think it’s a little too much of an ask to get the full 90 out of him at the moment.

On Rotherham United...
“They are a Championship team that has come down so they are extremely strong. It will be a tough game. They have been a little bit up and down this season, similar to ourselves, so it will be two teams that will be looking to use this period to springboard their season.”

On facing former players such as Darren Potter...
“I’m sure they will be looking at this as an opportunity to show what they can do. Darren has been struggling with an Achilles problem so we’ll wait and see whether he plays or not but any player who plays against an ex club will be desperate to do well.”

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium are priced at £23 adults, £13 seniors/under-22s/students/armed forces members, £8 under-18s and £6 under-12s, if bought in advance of matchday.

Travel, meanwhile, is available at £22 adults, £21 over-65s and £21 under-18s. Season Ticket holders and member are entitled to a £1 discount on coach travel.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from the Club until 5pm on Friday.


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