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Robbie wants consistency in performances

Boss reflects on Saturday’s defeat against Doncaster Rovers...

27 November 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side fell to their first defeat in six games on Saturday afternoon as Doncaster Rovers came from behind to pick up all three points.

Chuks Aneke opened the scoring for the Dons just three minutes into the game, however, second-half goals from John Marquis and Matty Blair sent the Dons fans home unhappy.

After an impressive first-half performance, Neilson stated his disappointment that his side didn’t continue that after the break: “The second-half performance wasn’t acceptable.

"Doncaster changed their shape a little bit and went very direct - they were aggressive and we didn’t stand up to that.

“In the first-half, we got [Kieran] Agard moving in behind and got a lot of success from that. We came out in the second-half and I can’t think of one instance where we did that - we have to be better and that’s it."

He added: “We are in a situation here where we can either be very good or very bad and we need to eradicate that from our game.

"We need to be better in the league - we know that. We know we should be higher than we are, we’re just not showing that consistently enough now."

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

On an impressive first-half display...

“I thought we did everything we spoke about doing - we were direct when we needed to be and we passed the ball about when we needed to pass it. We made it very difficult for Doncaster – they didn’t get into the game at all.

“We’ve scored the opening goal and then had one hit the post and another disallowed, I think the second goal would’ve been a huge turning point in the game.”

On moving on...

"We’ll look at the game over the course of the week before reviewing it and making decisions based on it before moving onto this weekend."

"We have to move on. We've now got a huge game in the Emirates FA Cup and we have to go through in that.

“I’ll always support my players and if we can continue to play like we did in the first-half then we know we have a very, very good team."

On the atmosphere in the changing room after the game...

“I spoke and the lads spoke a bit as well. We’re all disappointed and can only apologise to the fans for that because they’ve travelled a long way to get here."

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Robbie Neilson and MK Dons will look to bounce back when they take on Maidstone United on Saturday in the Second Round of The Emirates FA Cup.

Tickets prices start from £12 adults, £5 under-18s and £1 under-12s, with upgrades to East Centre and clubRed available.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.


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