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What we learnt: Tisdale's Tranmere reaction

Paul Tisdale on the 1-1 draw at Stadium MK, his side's progress and his enjoyment at life in MK...

1 October 2018

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Paul Tisdale took a pragmatic approach when asked to reflect on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers at Stadium MK.

His MK Dons side were forced to settle for a second consecutive home draw this weekend after they could only net once in reply to Jonny Smith’s 37th-minute opener.

The result means they sit 13th in the Sky Bet League Two after 10 games but with just one defeat to their name, Tisdale believes there is plenty for his side to build on over the next seven months.

“We need to start turning these performances into wins - I think we all know that,” the MK Dons manager said in his post-match press conference. “But, if we start digging too deep I think we’ll create more drama than we actually need to focus on.

“I have to keep the bigger picture in mind because we’re still not a quarter of the way into the season. Let’s keep a pragmatic view.

“We’ve become a very purposeful, hard-working, tough to beat team. We wanted to start the season with a team that’s tough to beat and I think we’ve done that. We’ve then tried to take that up the pitch and become a lot more forceful with our midfield play - I think we’ve done that too. We just haven’t quite done the last bit yet.

“I think we know where the next step needs to be made - you don’t need to be Einstein to see that we need to start converting our chances and turning territory into goals. We certainly could have more points on the board with a combination of better finishing and some circumstances and know-how.

“It’s my job to improve those things that need improving and we're on it. It’s not going to happen overnight but we’re not far away - generally, I think we’re going in the right direction.”

He continued: “Every week I’m coming to work, I’m becoming more endeared to the squad and the people who work here. I’m loving every week we have and every time there is a challenge, I’m certainly focused on it.”


Paul Tisdale and MK Dons will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday evening when they travel to Vale Park to take on Port Vale.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 seniors and young persons, and £8 under-18s while under-12s go FREE, if bought from MK Dons before 12 noon on Tuesday. Tickets purchased on the night at Vale Park will be subject to a £2 price increase.

Seats on the Official Away Travel coaches are available for £18 Season Ticket holders and £19 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 3.30pm.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from MK Dons until 12 noon on Tuesday.

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