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Wootton provides honest review

Defender Scott Wootton reflects on Saturday’s defeat to Portsmouth…

12 February 2018

With just seven minutes of normal time remaining, MK Dons were on their way to a valuable three points. Less than 10-minutes later, Portsmouth had snatched the win with the last kick of the game.

Speaking to iFollow MK Dons after the final whistle, Wootton was unable to hide disappointment following the result.

“This is an absolute sickener for us," he said. “To be 1-0 up with 10-minutes remaining and not even draw, but end up losing – it’s a real sickener.

"For all our good play, we need to capitalise when we’re on top and turn it into goals – we need to put teams to the sword. Everyone needs to chip in with that and we need to address it."

Portsmouth found their way back into the game courtesy of Matt Clarke’s 84th-minute header before Conor Chaplin converted from close range in the third minute of added time.

“We didn’t switch on, they played a short corner and the defender got up at the far post – I’ll take responsibility for that.

"We were thinking, let’s just get a point, especially with another game on Tuesday. The second was a poor goal to concede. If we take our chances earlier in the game, the game was finished – we need to address both situations.”

Dan Micciche opted to change formation to a 3-5-2 on Saturday with Wootton playing as the central defender. He feels it’s a formation that works and one that saw a positive performance from the Dons.

“I don’t mind playing in the new system, if you’ve got the personnel, it can work really well and gives you options all over the pitch. Once we got over the initial 20 minutes it worked really well and we had the extra men in midfield – I thought we played some good stuff.”

Wootton concluded: “It would’ve been more worrying if we lost 2-1 and didn’t have any chances. We’re getting more chances, more play in the final third and look move creative – but you have to stick the ball in. We’ve only done that once, and we needed to do it more.

"We have to take the situation we are in very seriously. There’s no point saying let’s not worry about it, because we realise where we are.

"We all believe the squad is better than being in the relegation zone but we have to prove that on the pitch."

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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 MKor 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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