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What we learnt: Dan's Wigan presser

All the topics the Gaffer covered ahead of Wigan clash...

6 April 2018

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Despite travelling to promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic this Saturday, manager Dan Micciche says his side enter every game looking to come away with three points.

The Dons spirited second-half display will no doubt install confidence into the group as they look to return to winning ways at the DW Stadium.

"We're going there to win the game," Micciche told the media in his pre-match interview.

"They've got good players. But what I've learned from Monday is while we have to be aware of the opposition, we're MK Dons - we've got good players ourselves, we won't fear Wigan.

"We're in a good place, we just need to be focused on what we're doing and I'm confident we can put on a performance."

Micciche added, "You can't target individual games and say you want to win this one. If you look at the last block of games, you probably wouldn't have predicted winning at Gillingham, but winning at home to Blackpool. We go into every game to win it, never hoping for draw."

On Marcus Tavenier and Josh Tymon...
They were back in Thursday, it was their first day back in with us. We're not rushing anything with them, so they won't be travelling with us to Wigan. Marcus [Tavernier] can do the full session with us, Josh [Tymon] will only do half of it. We'll look to get a good week into them and we'll see where we are in a week.

We know the quality they've got. They've both been desperate to come back. Josh is ahead of schedule, and Tav has been texting us every day! I've got a few headaches coming up, but they're nice headaches.

On Osman Sow and Scott Golbourne...
Osman [Sow] is about a week away. He's progressing well. Every day when I see him he's positive, but we expect to have him back on Monday.

Scott [Golbourne] is available for a start now. He was due to play an hour for the reserves on Tuesday, but because of the 45 he played on Monday he didn't. I've watched the game back and he went full out! I don't think he held back - and maybe made a few too many overlapping runs for a left centre back! His enthusiasm was great, as was his energy level and fitness. He's available for Wigan.

On Manager of the Month nomination...
It's nice, we know the first month was difficult for everyone. I knew we were close, and I was saying it on a regular basis, sounding like a broken record. Just like I wasn't getting too down then, I'm not getting too carried away now.

Sometimes, managers shouldn't be to blame when things don't go well, but similarly, they don't deserve all the credit when it does go well. It's a team effort, and I feel very lucky to be working with so many great people.

On strength in depth...
"Your best 11 is always in relation to the context of the game - the opposition, home or away. You have to take into account the strengths you're up against. It's probably a 'no' because each game is different. I know the best 11 when we need to play in a certain way or if we're going to exploit a certain area.

"The beauty of having such a strong squad is having the use of everyone. And we've nearly got that with Osman coming back next week, we'll just be without Alex Gilbey - and we miss him dearly.

"Alex Ferguson always knew how to rotate his squad, and that's where we need to get to. The situation is new to me as a manager, because until now, we've had a lot of players in the dressing room. Thankfully now, we've got a lot of players available. I've got a lot of things to consider when I pick the team now."


Tickets for Saturday's clash with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium are priced at £20 adults, £10 seniors, £8 under-18s and £5 under-11s while tickets for under-5s are just £2.


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