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Elliott: Let’s make it a good week

Defender reflects on Wednesday’s stalemate with Rochdale…

23 February 2018

MK Dons stopped the rot on Wednesday night as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Keith Hill’s Rochdale.

Prior to the clash in Greater Manchester, Dan Micciche’s side had lost five consecutive games, however, after taking a clean sheet and a point from The Crown Oil Arena, Ward is eager to build upon the draw at Fleetwood this Saturday.

“This point will give us a big boost because we’ve just lost six in a row,” Ward told iFollow MK Dons.

“It’s all about getting as many points as possible, we’ve had a tough run lately but to come away with a point and a clean sheet on a Wednesday night is a positive.

“It’s a good clean sheet and that’s a big thing for us as well – we have to get back to keeping clean sheets. We need to make sure that if we don’t win the game, then we don’t lose it.”

Ward added, “It’s a good draw for us, but it’s only a good point if we back it up with a w in on Saturday.”

This weekend the Dons make the journey to Fleetwood Town, a side who have lost their last eight competitive fixtures. Having sacked Uwe Rosler last weekend, the Cod Army are now under the stewardship of John Sheridan.

The experienced defender knows a win at Highbury this Saturday will complete a ‘good week’ for the men from MK1.

“If we get the win on Saturday – it becomes a good week. We’re still a new group, under a new manager who has new ideas. There is a lot of quality here and sometimes it’s about doing the right thing at the right time and keeping it really simple.

“We done that against Rochdale and I think there is a bit of difference in work ethic. There are bits that have improved from Charlton, but we’ve still got more to come. If we have a bit more quality on the ball sometimes, then we don’t have to work as hard – then the opportunities will come.

“There are loads of things that we are learning together and that’s the main thing – that we do it together.”

Ward concluded with a look ahead to Saturday’s clash in Lancashire before praising the togetherness of the MK Dons dressing room.

“The point gives us something to build on now, it’s a point that we’ve probably deserved from our performances in recent weeks. It’s something to move on from and with a bit more quality – we’ll get the three points.

“We’re not in a false position, we’re there because we’ve not been good enough for a long time, but I’ve seen signs in the last few weeks that are positive. Everyone in the team and the club is together, we know what we need to do and we work really hard for each other – the fight is there.”

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MK Dons travel to Fleetwood Town on Saturday for a crunch Sky Bet League One clash at Highbury Stadium.

Tickets are now ONLY available from Highbury Stadium and can be purchased from £22 adults, £17 seniors, £10 students/under-18s and £5 under-16s while under-5s go FREE. There is a £2 price increase for tickets in the seated section.


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