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Robbie delighted with togetherness

Boss reflects on Saturday's draw...

20 November 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side came from behind twice to earn a point from Saturday’s trip to the Valley.

Kieran Agard's brace ensured MK Dons maintained their unbeaten run ahead of the visit of Southend United to Stadium MK.

“The way we fought back, controlled periods of the game and showed great spirit was very pleasing to me,” Neilson said in his post-match press conference.

“The most pleasing thing for me was seeing the team dig people out of holes. When a player makes a mistake – a good team will help him out of his hole. That’s exactly what we did today, people aren’t speaking about the error.

“They are speaking about the spirit in the club, the spirit in the team, the fight in the team and Agard scoring two goals. That’s exactly what they are talking about – that’s what good teams do.

“There will be times this season when we don’t play well and we’re up against the wall but if we have that spirit and if somebody makes a mistake we need to be there to dig them out of that hole.”

Here’s what else Neilson covered in his post-match interview.

Disappointing to concede early...

“It changed the game. Coming here, we knew if we could get the first goal then we can change the momentum of the game and change the atmosphere a bit. The disappointing bit for me was that we’ve got a lot of height and physicality in the team and we conceded from an early corner.”

Pressing in second-half... 

“We spoke at half-time about our positional play - we weren’t getting after [Ahmed] Kashi in midfield like we spoke about prior to the game. We pushed one of our players a little bit further forward, which enabled us to engage the ball and get the line higher – that helped the whole team."

Substitutes changed the game...

“I think all three subs that came on changed the game for us - they made an impact and gave us energy.

"Connor McGrandles came on - a young kid who has not played for a while and has been out for a long time with injury – and he changed the game with his energy and determination. Aidan Nesbitt obviously gives everyone a big lift and Agard got the two goals. All three of them made a big impact - that’s what you want when you put a sub on.” 

Agard deserved his goals...

“I was delighted for him. It shows he’s got the cojones to step up and take the penalty.

"He’s not had the best start in terms of goal scoring but we had a good chat with him at the start of the week and Stevie [Crawford] has done some work with him after training.

“The first goal have him a boost in confidence to step up and take the penalty – I’m really pleased for him.” 


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