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Tis: Going top means diddly-squat

Paul Tisdale on his side's win over Macclesfield Town and some of Saturday's standout performers

20 November 2018

MK Dons went top of the Sky Bet League Two table on Saturday evening, courtesy of their 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town, but that means ‘diddly-squat’ to manager Paul Tisdale.

Second-half strikes from Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard, who took their respective goal tallies to 10 and nine, saw the Dons past the Silkmen at Stadium MK and secured them the points needed to leapfrog Lincoln City in the table.

While pleased with the win and the three points, Tisdale isn’t getting carried away by his side’s new league standing.

“Diddly squat - that's what I told the players it means,” the MK Dons boss told the media when asked about what it means to his team to be the new league leaders.

“We're only in November. It means nothing at the moment - we're only 18 games in to a 46 game season.

“I remember two years ago going to Carlisle [United] in November, losing to go second bottom and Carlisle went top. At the end of the season, we beat them in the play-offs

"Today was about three points and then marching on to the next game. We can feel good about the three points but we need to resist the temptation to feel too good about ourselves.”

MK Dons were made to work for their result against a well-drilled Macclesfield Town outfit, having to wait until 10 minutes into the second half before edging in front.

Tisdale knew his side would have to remain patient and was pleased that calmness was rewarded.

“We knew today wouldn't be a walk in the park,” he said. “Macclesfield had a real purpose about them and we always knew it would be about the second half and that hour mark - we didn’t want to take too many chances in that first half and shoot ourselves in the foot.

“At half time, we didn't talk about changing anything we just told them to keep doing the right things - think about the clean sheet, our defensive duties and how we were going to score.

“We had two or three really good chances in the first half – Baily Cargill had a wonderful one in the opening minute - and you never know in a game like this when you get your first chance - I was just hoping our best chance wasn't squandered in the first minute!

“We kept in it and we had to remain patient, and eventually we got our goal. I'm delighted to get the three points too.”

Here is what else Paul Tisdale had to say in his post-match press conference...
Praise for Agard and Gilbey
“It was a different type of goal from him and a lovely ball from Alex Gilbey, who had a really top game today – he has improved in the last few games also. It was a great goal - really well taken.”

Captain’s performance from Lewie
“Dean Lewington was sublime in the first half, and there were other performances around him that were excellent.”

Rhys Healey a ‘marked man’
“He puts himself about and the opposition put him about too! It's tough stuff, but he's a marked man and he now has to learn that's part of being a good forward player. You've got to know it is being aimed at you. He's coming off with battered ankles and shins but fortunately that's all it is.”

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Paul Tisdale and MK Dons will be looking to maintain their excellent run of form when they travel to the Lamex Stadium to take on Stevenage.

Tickets are priced at £22 adults, £20 concessions*, £15 under-18s and £10 under-12s.

Coach travel is available for this fixture with spaces priced at £12 for Season Ticket holders and £13 for all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 12.30pm.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from MK Dons until 5pm on Friday.


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