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Robbie pleased to avoid banana skin

Boss reflects on Friday’s win over the Tigers...

5 November 2017

MK Dons returned to winning ways as they overcame Hyde United 4-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday afternoon.

Aidan Nesbitt opened the scoring for the Dons in the 14th minute before, on the stroke of half-time, Chuke Aneke doubled the lead with his nonchalant free kick.

Robbie Neilson's side found their third goal of the game after Ethan Ebanks-Landell prodded home from close range in the 67th minute, and Ed Upson completed the scoring shortly after.

Speaking to the media in his post-match press conference, Neilson was pleased to have avoided a cup upset: "Everyone wants a fairytale - there was only one reason the TV cameras were here, they were hoping for an upset

"It was only us and the people of Milton Keynes who wanted us to go through and we've managed to do that and get into the hat.

"We had nothing to win here, but we showed we're a strong group and won't fold."

He added: "It was always going to be a difficult tie but we put on a professional performance. Hyde put on a great night, but we're thankful we're through to the next round."

The win saw Neilson's side pick up their first victory in six games – a run Neilson is keen to avoid again.

"We didn't play to our full potential but you can see there's a good team there. We need to build on tonight and hope it and Tuesday gives us a springboard for the league.

"We hope this can spur us on – winning breeds confidence."

Here's what else Neilson had to say in his post-match press conference...

On Chuks' goal...

"The game started to open up later on and it really suited him. We all know the quality Chuks has – it's just about keeping him fit."

More minutes for Sam Nombe...

"I was really pleased to get Sam Nombe on – he works his socks off for the team. MK Dons is a team where everyone has to work hard, it's key for us and Sam is the epitome of that.

"He has good technique but real desire to work for the team and the established first-teamers have taken to him because of that."

Hyde United a dangerous outfit...

"You can see why they've gone so long unbeaten, they've got some really good players and I expect them to do well. If they can continue to get that atmosphere here, it'll be difficult for any side."

Aidan Nesbitt adjusting to England...

"He has been an impact player for us recently, but the surface suited him so I was really pleased to see him get his goal – it was a great finish, and we know he's got that in his locker.

"He's growing into the English game. Coming down from Scotland - he's had to adapt. It's taken him time to do that but tonight will help him."


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