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Watson: We’re all competing to play on Saturday afternoon

After impressing in midfield against Peterborough United, Ryan Watson comments on the strength in depth in the Dons squad…

5 September 2018

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It was certainly an entertaining evening at Stadium MK on Tuesday night as those in attendance saw six goals and a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

Ryan Watson shone in the middle of the park, with the 25-year-old registering two assists on the night – and he was perhaps unlucky not to net one of his own.

Watson lined up in midfield alongside Ousseynou Cisse and David Kasumu and was given more licence to roam forwards against the Posh.

Reflecting on the match at full-time Watson noted he enjoyed that creative freedom but did add it was frustrating to let Steve Evans’ side back into the tie after a positive first-half performance. 

“I enjoyed it tonight, I felt like I was getting on the ball more, in good positions and linking the play up well. I like playing a bit further forward - the pitch was good and it helped us play some good stuff at times.

“The game had everything, it was frustrating in the second half to concede three goals, but I thought first half we were brilliant. 

“We played well in spells in the second half and I thought we should have killed the game and we gave them a chance to get back into it - they scored three good goals and we've got to do better.”

Watson also reserved praise for Baily Cargill, whose clever pass down the line freed Watson before the midfielder picked out Chuks Aneke with a fine cross for the opening goal of the night.

“Baily played a great ball down the line and I had to just run on to it, I put the ball in and Chuks finished it nicely - it was a good goal. 

“Chuks is a good player and he'll help us, he'll be a goal threat. He was brilliant tonight and his attitude was spot on.”

Watson also added that the Dons squad has strength in depth before concluding the interview by noting that the international break will enable the squad to recharge their batteries before facing Forest Green on 15th September.

“There is strength in depth in this squad, we're all competing to play on Saturday afternoon. We're taking it one game at a time but we've got a great chance of doing something great this season.

“We had a few young boys out there and we played really well - there are things to improve but we played really well.

“The free weekend will do us good, we'll all be ready to go again in two weeks. Hopefully, we can carry on where we've finished the start of the season - and we can go again."


Next up for Ryan Watson and MK Dons is their Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers at Stadium MK.

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members.

Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

Don’t forget, with a Club Dons membership you can enjoy a £5 discount on 10 EFL matches during the 2018/19 season - Young Dons members are entitled to £1 off all 2018/19 EFL matches.

Season Ticket holders can also bring a friend for FREE on one occasion during the campaign while Premier Members can do so twice.

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

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