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What we learnt: Robbie's Bristol Rovers presser

The key talking points from Robbie Neilson's pre-match press conference...

27 October 2017

Robbie Neilson is looking for his MK Dons side to return to winning ways this weekend at Bristol Rovers.

Neilson’s men have been held to draws in their last two outings but will want to take all three points from their trip to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as they look to close the gap on the play-off paces – a gap which currently stands at four.

“It's still very tight at the moment,” Neilson said in his pre-match press conference. “If we pick up two or three wins then we'll be in the play-offs and then we can kick on from there.

“We went through a period (in September) where we were doing really well but the last three or four have been sticky for us. That’s football – you have ups and downs.

“We need to get back to winning ways. I have huge faith in the players and there are things I can see they're doing really, really well. We hope we're through that patch and now we can start building some momentum.”

Here’s what else we learnt from Neilson’s pre-match press conference...
Pleased with spirit shown in Oldham fightback
“You never want to be in that situation but thankfully everyone, including the crowd, responded.

"It shows our spirit – how we all want to do well. You could see that from our celebrations when he got level that even after that, weren't happy with just a point. There are lots of positives to take.”

Positive developments in Peter Pawlett’s recovery
“He's getting a lot better. (Thursday) will be his first session training with us – he has done bits and bobs but it's his first day back with the full squad. We’ll take it from here but we're looking forward to getting him back.”

Sow’s absence provides a chance for others to step up
“It's disappointing to lose one of your main strikers but now it's up to the others to step up to the plate.”

Confident in defenders to bounce back from recent mistakes
“All players make mistakes. The problem you have when you're a defender or a keeper, playing in those deeper areas, is that when you make a mistake you often get punished with a goal.

“You can go through periods in a season where you make mistakes and don't get punished, but at the moment we're getting punished every time. We have to keep faith in the players.”

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Bristol Rovers can now only be bought, cash only, at the Memorial Stadium.

Tickets are are priced from £18 adults, £14 under-21s and £10 seniors/£8 under-16s when bought in advance of matchday. Supporters have the option to purchase in a standing area or a seated section.


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