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What we learnt: Tisdale's Cheltenham reaction

Paul Tisdale on back-to-back wins, Rhys Healey, George Williams and Chuks Aneke...

8 October 2018

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What we learnt: Tisdale's Cheltenham reaction

Paul Tisdale on back-to-back wins, Rhys Healey, George Williams and Chuks Aneke...

8 October 2018

Paul Tisdale isn’t getting getting carried away despite his side picking up back-to-back Sky Bet League Two victories.

Tisdale’s MK Dons beat both Port Vale and Cheltenham Town last week, scoring a combined five goals without reply. The two results saw them climb to fourth in the table, three points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

While pleased with the results and performances, Tisdale said in his post-match press conference on Saturday that there is still a lot more improvement to be made.

“The performances have been coming over the last two or three weeks and now we’re starting to put the goals to the performance,” the MK Dons boss said after the 3-0 triumph over Cheltenham Town. “I’m really pleased.

“There are some really good signs and we’re certainly heading in the right direction but I don’t want to get over-pleased because there is still lots of improvement we need to make - we’re certainly not the finished product.

“Scoring three goals and being a little dissatisfied that we haven’t scored more - it’s a good quality problem to have.”

On the performance against Cheltenham, Tisdale said: “I think we showed a good mindset today. We kept with our play and upped it second half. We pushed for the second goal and we got those goals at good times.

“If start to dominate possession, invariably opponents are going to have players in and around their box and it’s going to be something we have to challenge against and we have to do well against. We did that today - we put lots of good balls into the danger area and put bodies in there.

“I’m pleased for the supporters because that’s the first time this season that we’ve finished a game here  in the real ascendancy and scoring goals.

"We now move on to next week, hoping to continue building that confidence.”

Here’s what else Tisdale had to say in his post-match press conference…

On Rhys Healey…
“He did [deserve a goal]. I think he would have been disappointed if he had come off without a goal. He had two or three one-on-one situations that he didn’t put away which I think he’ll be really disappointed about but the goal will do him the world of good. It was a nicely taken header.”

On George Williams…
“George has moved positions in the last week and he’s shown that he’s a very versatile player. He’s becoming indispensable - good for him. Credit to Baily Cargill on the left-hand side too - it’s a slightly different dynamic on that side but he’s putting in some good crosses into the box also.”

On Chuks Aneke…
“The August window seems to be a long way gone. We were hoping things would settle after the window and they have. Every player now is playing for his future as well as playing for the Club. They have to toe the line and play to the plan. [Chuks] has got a smile on his face and, I have to say, he’s been really good company. He’s trying really hard, he wants to improve and his performances are good. You can’t ask for much more than that. We’ve still got two or three months until we get to [January]. I don’t really want that to be a topic at the moment. At the moment, he’s got a job to do for us. He might want to finish the job with us too.”


Paul Tisdale and MK Dons travel to The Abbey Stadium this Saturday to take on Cambridge United in their next Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 concessions/wheelchair users and only £1 under-18s while under-5s go FREE, if bought in advance of matchday from MK Dons. Tickets purchased on the day of the game at The Abbey Stadium will be subject to a price increase.

Travel is available for this fixture at a price of just £13 Season Ticket holders and £14 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 12 noon.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will remain on sale from 5pm on Friday 12th October.

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