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Honest Micciche praises second-half spirit

Dan reflects on Monday's defeat to Blackburn Rovers...

3 April 2018

Dan Micciche took responsibility for MK Dons’ first-half display against Blackburn Rovers and was full of praise of his players’ response after the break.

Micciche’s side found themselves two goals down at half-time on Monday but rallied back in the second half and, after Peter Pawlett pulled one back, went close to earning themselves a share of the spoils against the Sky Bet League One leaders.

The Dons boss was honest in his assessment of the first half but hopes the team can take confidence from their spirited final 45.

“We had to adjust a few things after the first half because I got it wrong tactically,” Micciche told the media in his post-match press conference.

“We gave them too much respect – I picked the team and the shape so I take responsibility for the first half.

“When we had the ball in the second half, we caused them problems and I felt we could open them up. Thankfully we got the goal.

“We then missed a point blank chance at the end and two or three headers we should've scored from. We could have had two penalties too.

“Everyone here could see that we deserved a point.”

He continued: “It's disappointing because at this stage of the season it's all about points. But like how we weren't getting too carried away on Thursday night, we won't be too downbeat today.”

Here’s what else Micciche had to say in his post-match press conference...
On Scott Golbourne’s return...
“I'm really pleased for Scott Golbourne. He was meant to play for the Reserves on Tuesday but he won’t now. I think 45 minutes was a bit of a push for him.”

On the penalty decisions...
“We've watched it back – it's a clear penalty on Kieran Agard and a handball when Peter went through to have a shot too.”

On restricting Blackburn...
“They've got a lot of quality in that team. To keep someone like Dack quiet, who is the best player in the league, spoke volumes for our defenders.O ther than the ball in behind on our left, I didn't feel too concerned. I felt quite comfortable.”

On the players’ spirit...
“I've never questioned the fight in that dressing room. In my time here, we've only ever lost by one goal – we've been in every game.”

On using Monday’s second-half performance as confidence...
“I think the main positive we can take from today is when we go to Wigan [Athletic], we'll respect them but we won't fear them. I just have to get the team selection right now.”

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Dan Micciche's MK Dons will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £10 seniors, £8 under-18s and £5 under-11s while tickets for under-5s are just £2.

Travel is available at £26 adults and £25 seniors/under-18s with a £1 discount for Season Ticket holders and members.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday 6th April.


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