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Dan: Portsmouth defeat tough to take

Dan Micciche reflects on the loss to Pompey...

11 February 2018

Saturday’s defeat to Portsmouth was a tough result to take for Dan Micciche’s MK Dons, who must pick themselves up quickly ahead of an important trip to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday.

The Dons looked on course to secure a 1-0 victory over Pompey earlier this weekend but two goals in the final 10 minutes from the visitors saw them leave Stadium MK with all three points.

Attention for Micciche & Co now turns to their Sky Bet League One clash at Oldham Athletic, where they will be looking to bounce back and return to winning ways.

“When you lose with 20 seconds to go, it's a bitter pill to swallow because we know we have to pick up points,” Micciche said in his post-match press conference.

“I felt we deserved at least a point but we are where we are because of what happens in the final third and the defending third. [The goals we conceded] were two disappointing, avoidable goals - these aren't ‘worldies' into the top corner that we are conceding so we have to fix it quickly.

“We also have to take our chances. We created great chances but their keeper had a great game.”

He continued: “It's tough to take but as the manager I have to move on and lift the players and staff, and move on to Oldham.

“We're all in this together. The squad and fans are with us and we just have to keep at it. We know we're running out of games but things can change quickly. If we stick at it and we're better in both boxes, things will change.”

Here’s what else Micciche had to say in his post-match press conference…
On the change of formation…
“We have to look at ourselves, first and foremost, and see what suits our personnel. We felt this was the right formation for us today. These are things you usually work on in pre-season but we're doing it in the middle of February. For an hour of the game, we looked like an MK Dons team everyone wants.”

On Peter Pawlett…
“Peter did some really good things today. We all know he's a good player. Unfortunately, he took a knock in the first half and we couldn't afford to risk him with the rest of the players we have out at the moment.”

On the unavailable players…
“We will have to assess them. Chuks will be ready for Tuesday but the others we will have to see in the next 48 hours.”

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Dan Micciche and MK Dons will look to bounce back on Tuesday when they travel to the SportsDirect.com Park to take on Oldham Athletic.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults and £10 seniors if purchased in advance from the Club, while Under-18s go FREE. Ticket prices will increase for adults and seniors on the night.

Travel, meanwhile, is available at £26 adults and £25 over-65s/under-18s with Season Ticket holders and members entitled to a £1 discount.

To book tickets and/or travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/store at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from the Club until 12pm on the day of the game.


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