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Simpson: We’ll continue to grow and get better

Striker reflects on Saturday's draw with Swindon Town...

4 September 2018

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Despite sitting in third place and an unbeaten record in Sky Bet League Two – striker Robbie Simpson insists there is more to come from MK Dons.

The Dons were just 30 seconds away from three points at The Energy Check County Ground, however, Elijah Adebayo’s goal right at the death forced the two sides to share the points. 

Simpson, who has featured five times for the Dons this season, described the late goal as ‘disappointing’ but feels there are plenty of positives to take from the clash. 

“It was almost the perfect away performance, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve had a good start, we’re six games in and we’re still unbeaten - with the game next week being postponed it gives us the chance to regroup, refresh and go again. 

“It’s never nice to concede as late as we did, but I was proud of our performance today - we got the early goal and played some great stuff in the first half. 

“In the second half, they were always going to come out and have a really good go and put our back line under pressure. 

“We were standing tall, winning our headers from set plays and keeping them at bay. One fell for them in the 94th-minute, fair play to them for pushing on, but the overriding feeling is that of disappointment.” 

Simpson added, “The keeper has pulled off a couple of great saves from shots that were going right into the top corner and Jordan Houghton hit the bar coupled with a couple of other near misses - it’s one of those days. 

“Whenever it is just that one goal you are liable to the ball falling in the box for the opposition and them sticking away - especially late on but there are plenty of positives still.”

The Dons don’t return to Sky Bet League Two action until the 15th September after this Saturday’s clash with Yeovil Town was postponed. 

“I’d probably have liked the game to go ahead next Saturday,” Simpson said.

“You never know it could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing but we need to make sure in these next couple of weeks that it is a good thing that we’ve had this break. I’m sure the staff will make sure that it’s a positive break.”

Simpson concluded his interview with iFollow MK Dons by praising the 601 travelling fans after they backed the boys constantly throughout the clash. 

“The fans were brilliant, as soon as the goal went in, we all felt deflated but walking back to the halfway line they were singing their hearts out, it’s really uplifting for us – they were fantastic today and they travel so well.”


Paul Tisdale and MK Dons now turn their attention to the Checkatrade Trophy - they play host to Peterborough United on Tuesday evening in their first Group H match.

Tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £1 under-18s while under-12s go FREE. 
Tickets will be sold on a block-by-block basis, starting in the East Centre. In clubRed, tickets are priced at £10 adults/seniors, under-18s and £5 for under-12s.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

Can't make the game? Supporters will be able to watch this match via iFollow MK Dons - click HERE to purchase a Match Pass for £10.

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