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Paul hopes to take confidence into Oxford

10 February 2017

Paul Downing hopes MK Dons can take the confidence from Tuesday’s dramatic victory into their clash with Oxford United this weekend.

The men from MK1 left it late against Oldham Athletic but secured another important home win courtesy of Nicky Maynard’s stunning stoppage-time volley - it was a result that lifted the side up to 14th in Sky Bet League One and within eight points of the play-offs.

“It’s always a great feeling (scoring a late winner),” Downing told MK Dons PlayerHD. “It’s massive for us getting the three points in our game in hand - now we climb the table and keep looking up.

“We spoke at the start of February about it being an important month for us because there are lots of games.

“Oxford on Saturday is a bit of a local one as well so there should be a good atmosphere. I remember the game here and it was a tight affair. They’re a good teams so we’ll have to do our homework and set up right.

“Hopefully we can take the confidence from the winning goal into Saturday and go and beat them.”

“We’re disappointed with how we played (against Oldham) - we moved it about too slowly at times. We kept going right to the final whistle and kept it tight at the back - when you do that, you always know your one chance away from winning.”

“You’ve got to be able to win many different ways. While we’re on this run, teams are going to bank in and make it difficult so we’ve got to learn to break them down - it’s something we’ve got to work on.

While the result is reason to cheer, Downing was honest about in his assessment of the Dons’ performance against the Latics - insisting the side the need to improve against teams who will sit back and defend in numbers.

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