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Boss salutes Dons' unity

30 January 2017

Robbie Neilson saluted his side’s cohesion following their superb away success at Peterborough United.

The Dons recorded their second successive Sky Bet League One victory courtesy of a 4-0 triumph at the ABAX Stadium and boss Neilson was delighted with both aspects of the result – his side’s attacking prowess and their resilience at the back.

“Everyone attacks together and everyone defends together – everyone plays their part whether it’s David (Martin) or Nicky Maynard.,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “It’s great to score four goals but great not to concede any either.





“(4-2-3-1) is a shape we’ve played before and they managed to pick it up quickly. After that 10 to 15-minute period where they were causing us problems, we managed to get control of the game and after that there wasn’t any looking back.”

“We had worked all week on a certain shape and then we came out to find Peterborough had changed their shape. After about 15 minutes we decided we needed to change it to try and get a foothold in the game.

Neilson’s men began the contest in a 4-4-2 diamond formation but changed to a 4-2-3-1 set-up 15 minutes in to combat their opponents, who had surprised the coaching staff by changing their own style.

“To a man, I thought they were excellent.”

“There were periods in the first half where we were attacking but they were winning it and breaking on us. The second half was great because we stopped them doing that.

“The only way strikers will score goals if the defence is sorted. If we’re secure at the back then the strikers will have the confidence to go and do what they need to do because they have the freedom to get into positions.




“Our job is to try and excite them and hopefully we did that. Hopefully they go away happy and turn up in their numbers against Bolton (Wanderers) because it’s going to be another big game for us.”

“The support we had was phenomenal – right through the match they sang their hearts out and you could only hear one set of fans.

The Dons were backed by 685 supporters in Cambridgeshire and those fans certainly made themselves heard – Neilson hopes the result was enough of a reward for their commitment and backing. Neilson's Dons will be looking to make it three straight wins when they take on Bolton Wanderers in the Gift of Football clash at Stadium MK -  residents of Milton Keynes, as well as Season Ticket holders and members, are entitled to redeem a FREE ticket for match.

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