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Dan: We deserved to win

Manager reflects to Saturday's draw...

26 February 2018

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Dan Micciche felt his side deserved to take all three points from Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood Town.

Micciche’s men led from the 20th minute courtesy of Robbie Muirhead’s sweet strike and they were good value for their advantage up until Ashley Hunter’s well-taken goal against the run of the play.

The equaliser meant the Dons were forced to share the spoils and Micciche and his side left to rue missed chances.

“I think we deserved all three points,” the Dons boss said in his post-match press conference. “It was a different type of game to Wednesday but I think we did enough to win it.

“[Lee Nicholls] did really well but I felt we had better attacking play. Our shot count was higher but it's the quality I was looking at – we were getting into the right areas.

“We were denied a clear penalty at a key moment and then missed a great chance in the second half – 60 seconds later they scored.

“We reacted really well after their goal. People have questioned the character in this group and we certainly didn't collapse after they scored – we looked stronger.”

He continued: “The team spirit is positive and we're desperate to win every game. We've got a few days off now and hopefully, we’ll get two or three players back next week.

“We know the points total we have to get to – we just need to concentrate on the process. We're starting to gather momentum at last and the players are up for the fight.”

Here’s what else Micciche had to say after Saturday’s 1-1 draw...

On managing in Sky Bet League One...

“It's tough. There is a pressure to it. I'm getting a real insight from these other managers. Everyone is fighting for their lives so you have to be ready. It takes a lot of work and a lot of planning, and if you don't get that right, you'll get found out.

On leaning on his experienced backroom staff...

“Despite my 15 years in coaching, the experience I have around me in Dean Lewington, Paul Heald and Keith Millen is massive. I bounce ideas off them all, and I won't get tired of that because I'm not the type who thinks I have all the answers. We have to take experience on and use it all.”

On improving from set-pieces...

“We've had 17 corners this week but we need to attack those better – Robbie's delivery has been really good.”

On Robbie Muirhead’s goal...

“Robbie did really well to be in the position in the first place. We know he strikes a good ball and we know what he's capable of – he just needs the confidence and belief that he can be effective for us in the run-in.”

On Callum Brittain...

“I know what Callum is capable of. I trusted him in there – he has technical ability, a 360 understanding of the game. I had no qualms about putting him in there. 

On Chuks Aneke’s return...

“We all saw Chuks' ability today. Not just psychologically for our players, but he's so good technically too. It was great to have him back. We took him off as a precaution. We could have kept him on but he hasn't played a lot of football lately and we can't afford for him to break down.”

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