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What we learnt: Tisdale's Forest Green reaction

Paul Tisdale on Forest Green Rovers display, Chuks Aneke's goal and room for improvement...

18 September 2018

Manager Paul Tisdale was honest in his assessment of MK Dons’ performance against Forest Green Rovers, despite his side maintaining their unbeaten start to the league season.

Tisdale’s side never really got going against Forest Green but did hold a 1-0 lead until Rueben Reid’s 80th-minute penalty earned a share of the spoils for the visitors.

The point means MK Dons remain unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two this season but that was the only positive for Tisdale.

“They played extremely well and we didn’t have a great day,” he said in his post-match press conference. “There will be lots of different types of games this season and that was one in particular where we weren’t at our best, by any stretch of the imagination.

“I said to the players, something didn’t feel right today but I thanked them their effort - one thing they did all do was try their best, as much as a lot of it was not as I like to see out there.

“It feels disappointing, especially having led, but it’s a point. We’ve got a point and we’re still unbeaten although it’s clear to see that we’ve got a lot of improvement to make but we’ll get there.

“We’ll draw a line, take a breath, look back on it and then move forward trying to improve.”

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

On Chuks Aneke’s goal…
“It was a well-taken goal. He is a goal threat and it’s important we play to his strengths and, in turn, he helps us. He now needs to cement himself in the team.”

On the penalty decision…
“No [complaints]. We went to ground in the box and we didn’t touch the ball - that gives their player a chance to go down and for the referee to give a penalty. Lee Nicholls did everything today but save that thunderbolt penalty - I don’t think even he could save that one.”

On Baily Cargill…
“He has picked up an injury. I don’t know what the state of play is at the moment."

On defensive display…
“As much as they dominated the first half completely, we limited them to long-range efforts and they created only one real good chance just after he scored. We defended the box well which is a good thing."

On Kieran Agard’s late chance…
“It was a great chance. The earlier we take that ball, the less chance we give the defender to get back in front of goal. That was one moment where I got frustrated in the game. But it’s gone now."

On frustrations…
“We did get frustrated too often. As much as we were on the back foot today, we did make too many impetuous decisions to win a ball and gave fouls away. We’ve got to be more street-wise than that. We’ll learn."

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Next up for Paul Tisdale and MK Dons is their Sky Bet League Two clash with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Tickets, which MUST be bought from MK Dons in advance of the game, are priced at £22 adults, £17 concessions and young adults and £9 under-18s.

Travel is available at a rate of £18 for Season Ticket holders and £19 for all other supporters. Coaches will depart from Stadium MK at 11am.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from MK Dons until 5pm on Friday 21st September. No tickets will be sold on the day of the game at Sincil Bank.


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