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Houghton happy to make amends

Midfielder pleased to get off the mark for MK Dons...

29 October 2018

Despite scoring his first goal in an MK Dons shirt on his 100th league start, Jordan Houghton’s delight came from putting wrong what he felt was an error leading up to Mansfield Town’s opener.

The 22-year-old’s pile driver from distance cancelled out Jacob Mellis’ goal and ensured the Dons would share the spoils with David Flitcroft’s outfit at The One Call Stadium.

Modest as ever, Houghton played down his goal as he stated he was more pleased to have made up for his clearance in the lead up to Mansfield’s goal.

“To be honest, it was my mistake for their goal,” Houghton told the media following the full-time whistle.

“I slipped when trying to clear it, made bad connection with the ball and he’s put it away – so I was keen to make up for the mistake. 

“It’s something I need to add to my game, I can strike the ball well, so I need to get into those positions and hopefully score more from distance – I’m pleased with the goal.”

The draw in Nottinghamshire extended the Dons unbeaten run to eight games and despite the impressive run of form, Houghton insists the squad are taking it one game at a time.

“We’re taking it training session by training session, game by game – that’s the old cliché! 

“There is still a lot of improvements to be made but we’re still on a good run – long may it continue.”

Heavy wind on Saturday could’ve turned the clash into a scrappy affair but despite the treacherous weather conditions – Houghton was impressed with the way the men from MK1 played. 

“The first half was difficult with the wind and ball up in the air – a few times I'd misjudged where the ball was! The second half, the wind was in the other direction!

“It was a battle in midfield, the pitch wasn't great so it was another thing to take on board. At times, we played some nice stuff, we played confidently out from the back, and it settles crowds down which helps massively.

“There was a lot of positives to take, and we can look forward to next week.”

Houghton concluded, “They're a good side and conditions were really bad, so I think a draw is a good result. The three points would have been lovely but we're on a good run.”

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Jordan Houghton and MK Dons are back on the road this weekend when they travel to The Checkatrade Stadium to take on Crawley Town.

Tickets, available in either standing or seated areas, are priced from £16 adults, £12 seniors, £11 under-21s, £10 under-18s and £4 under-16s while under-11s can watch for just £1.

Coach travel, meanwhile, is available at £17 for Season Ticket holders and £18 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 11am.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will be available to book until 5pm on Friday 2nd November, subject to availability.


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