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Upson: Dons to build on comeback

Ed pleased with fightback in Saturday's eight-goal thriller...

24 October 2017

Ed Upson believes the confidence gained from Saturday’s dramatic fight back will bode well for the team as they look to push back up the Sky Bet League One table.

The Dons trailed 4-2 with eight minutes remaining in their clash with Oldham Athletic but late goals from Aidan Nesbitt and Upson himself earned the side a share of the spoils and demonstrated the character and belief within the squad.

“It was a crazy game,” the midfielder said in his post-match interviews. “The fans certainly got their money’s worth in terms of entertainment.

“It does feel like a point earned having been 4-2 down although we’d rather have three, obviously. It might be a point we look back on as an important one.”

He continued: “A few times this season, when goals have gone against us, we’ve let our heads get down and we’ve let it affect us a bit too much. The biggest positive from today was the spirit and the character we showed at the end.

“Having that character in the squad can take you a long way. Promotion campaigns are built on togetherness and team spirit and we showed that we’ve got a bit of that going on.

“We should keep the momentum gained and take it into the preparation for the match with Bristol Rovers.”

Upson’s late equaliser was his second goal of the afternoon, following a stunning free-kick 11 minutes into the second half which halved the deficit to 3-2.

Having gone close in previous matches, the 27-year-old was pleased to see one finally hit the net.

“I do practice my free-kicks a lot and in training I’m quite good at them but when it’s come to the games, recently I haven’t scored!” He said. “I’m pleased that one has finally flown in!

“Time seemed to slow down when it hit the crossbar – I was looking at it, hoping it hit the net. I was pleased when it did and now I’m looking forward to taking the next one!”

The Dons have a full week to prepare for their trip to Bristol Rovers and, after conceding four goals last weekend, Upson knows exactly what the team will be working on in training.

“On the ball, we were very good but off the ball we were not so good – it’s definitely something we’ll be working on in training.

“Earlier in the season we were perhaps stronger defensively than we were attacking-wise and it seems to have spun around for the moment.

“I think if we can cut out those silly errors then that will go a long way to helping us push up the table.”

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Ed Upson and MK Dons take on Bristol Rovers this Saturday in a Sky Bet League One fixture at the Memorial Stadium.

Tickets for the clash are priced from £16 adults, £12 under-21s, £8 seniors and £8 under-16s when bought in advance of matchday. Supporters have the option to purchase in a standing area or a seated section.

Travel, meanwhile, is available for £21 adults and £20 over-65s and under-18s. Season Ticket holders and members are entitled to a £1 discount on official away travel.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 5343. Tickets will remain on sale from the Club until 5pm on Friday.


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