After an impressive showing wasn’t rewarded with points at the weekend, Dan Micciche and MK Dons will look to bounce back tonight against Oldham Athletic and begin their climb up the Sky Bet League One table.
Micciche’s Dons looked on course to secure victory against Portsmouth last Saturday but two goals in the final 10 minutes of play saw them leave empty-handed despite a positive display.
The aim this evening, therefore, is to replicate the performance – and this time secure the points too!
“We are really looking forward to the game,” Micciche told iFollow MK Dons in the build-up to this evening’s match. “It will be good for us to bounce back and build upon what was a really good performance on Saturday.
“Obviously we wanted to win the [Portsmouth] game. I think anyone that was there on Saturday would agree that we were the better team – we created the better chance and I’m confident it will only be a matter of time before we turn those chances into goals.
“I’m very optimistic in terms of performances. The players are getting a better understanding each day of how I want them to play and how we are going to cause problems to the opposition.
“We are ready for [Oldham] and I hope we can build on that performance on Saturday.”
On rewarding the supporters making the trip to Greater Manchester, Micciche said: “For them to go all the way up north on Tuesday night shows what this Club is about and the loyalty that they have.
“There is no doubt that we will be playing for them – the supporters that will be at home and following it on the Twitter feeds and radio as well as the ones that travel. I really hope we can send them home happy.”
Here is what else Micciche had to say ahead of tonight’s game...
On improving in front of goal...
“The goals tally is obviously not what we want it to be but rather than saying we need to score more goals, we’ve focused on the process of how we can create more chances with the players we’ve got. Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in football but I’m pleased with the quality we have in the final third – I’m confident it will turn for us.
On cutting out the mistakes...
“It’s the small details. We’ve discussed those and the players are aware. When we had our team meeting, they gave me the answers so they are fully aware of what we need to fix going into Oldham.”
On Oldham Athletic...
“They will be a confident team. They’ve picked up four points in their last two games and had a good result against Blackburn at the weekend. If you look at the two goals they’ve scored at the weekend, their centre forward looks a threat. We’ve got good defenders here and I’m expecting them to deal with that threat on Tuesday night.”
On having Chuks Aneke back from suspension...
“Chuks knows what he means to this Football Club. He’s always been a player with a lot of potential and I hope that I can bring out even more of that in the coming weeks.”
On the absentees from the weekend...
“We are hopeful [of having some back].”
Tickets for tonight's clash with Oldham Athletic are priced at £24 adults and £12 seniors, while under-18s go FREE.
Tickets can now only be bought from the turnstiles or main ticket office at SportsDirect.com Park.