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Robbie raves about attacking play

23 January 2017

Robbie Neilson was ‘delighted’ to see his MK Dons side secure three points against Northampton Town.

The Dons claimed their fourth home victory in five games courtesy of a 5-3 success over the Cobblers – the highest-scoring game at Stadium MK since August 2011.

“I’m delighted to get the three points,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “I was delighted to score so many goals – when we had the ball, we played really well.

“It was nerve-wracking at times because we gave away some sloppy goals – a second-phase from a free-kick, a corner and a penalty – but other than that, I don’t think they really caused us any problems.

“It was a pleasing performance attacking-wise but ideally we shouldn’t have to score four or five goals to get three points.”

“When we had possession it worked really well for us and defensively, in open-play, it worked quite well too. It was just set-plays that let us down and that’s something we need to work on.”

“I thought it worked quite well. We looked at the way they played, with two big target men in Revell and Richards and we felt it would give us a bit more aggression at the back with three there. It also allowed us to break using the wide areas.

Neilson opted for a 3-4-3 formation to combat Northampton’s strengths and while disappointed to concede three goals – all from set-pieces – the Scotsman was generally pleased with how the system worked.

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“We’ve got a huge game coming up against Bolton and hopefully we can get as many people as possible here for that. Then it’d be up to us to put on a display and keep people coming back after that.”

“We need that – people being enthusiastic because that’s what I ask the players to do. I ask them to play with energy and passion.

“It was great today,” the 36-year-old manager said. “You could hear the fans singing right through.

Neilson hopes those Dons fans who were in attendance will return for the big clash with Bolton Wanderers in a fortnight’s time.

The eight-goal thriller was watched by 12,300 supporters at Stadium MK – the second-largest crowd of the season at Stadium MK.

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