Paul Tisdale’s side put in, arguably, their best performance of the season on Saturday to beat Crawley Town by a convincing scoreline of 4-0 - but there is still room for improvement according to the MK Dons boss.
The Dons run riot in the first half at the Checkatrade.com Stadium and, courtesy of Rhys Healey and Kieran Agard, led by three goals at the break before Chuks Aneke added a fourth in the second period to help reflect a dominant display.
While pleased with his side’s performance, Tisdale believes there is still more to come from his group and expects their own high standards to demand them to continue improving.
“I love the fact we're in a good position in the league but we have to concentrate on the process because it's that process that has got us to this stage so far,” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference.
“It’s nice to see smiles on people's faces and some positive energy but there is still a list of things to complain about to the players, I'm not entirely happy!
“Our standards have to continue to be pushed, we have to demand better of ourselves. The players are getting to know me now and they know I don't settle for sloppy or lacking in focus. There are a few things, even today, we need to be aware of.
“If we had conceded a late goal, the result would have stayed the same but our standards need to be such that we want to keep a clean sheet.”
He added: “It’s early days, we're looking to improve all the time.”
Here’s what else Tisdale had to say in his post-match press conference…
On the clean sheet…
“There are still parts of our play I’d like to improve on but they were restricted to long shots and Lee [Nicholls] made some good saves.”
On the improvements made in the final third…
“We have been working on certain parts of our games now that we have a solid base behind us. t’s always gratifying when you work on certain parts of your game in training and you see them come to fruition.”
On the form of his goalscorers…
“They are [in form] – they probably know Peter Pawlett is back on the bench, Osman Sow is back in training and Lawson D'Ath is ready for selection again. They have to be on their toes.”
On Rhys Healey…
“His work rate is fabulous and he’s a real bundle of energy. He walked off the pitch cross with certain parts of his game an that shows a real desire that we're not getting carried away.”
Attention for Paul Tisdale's MK Dons now turns to the Emirates FA Cup and this Saturday's First Round tie away at Grimsby Town.
Tickets are priced at £19 adults, £12 seniors/students/under-18s, £7 under-14s and £5 under-4s, if bought from MK Dons before 5pm on Friday. Tickets purchased after this time will be subject to a price increase.
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