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Russ: We will bounce back from humbling loss

Defender reflects on 4-0 defeat to Peterborough United...

26 August 2019

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Russell Martin says MK Dons were humbled by Peterborough United in their 4-0 defeat at Stadium MK but has no doubt the side will bounce back.

Saturday’s heavy loss came on hot the tails of an impressive 2-1 home victory over Lincoln City and Martin believes, while there are still positives to come from the start of the campaign, it has brought everyone back down to earth.

“Today was humbling,” Martin said in his post-match press conference. “We have made a solid start in this league but this brings you back to earth.

“That Wycombe game could have gone either way - we could have won it and we could be stood here with three wins out of four. It is what it is, there is still plenty to be positive about and hopefully we'll be able to bounce back on Tuesday.”

On the defeat, Martin reflected: “It was disappointing, as disappointing as we've been since the manager got here.

“We defended really well on Tuesday compared to today. We showed how capable we are on Tuesday, so that's really disappointing.

“The goals we let in were soft. The first goal is brilliant but we spoke about him before the game and keeping him off his left foot but we let him inside to shoot.

“The second one is soft from a free kick, and after that, it was really difficult. We had to open up and try and get a goal, but on a big pitch they found their groove and it got more difficult. We just weren't good enough on the day.

“We had a few chances which flashed across goal, and a goal would have changed the game but unfortunately it didn't.”

He continued: “We just didn't get going, and we have to be better at that in the long term. Now it's about how we bounce back.

“The important thing is learning from it going forward. If you over-analyse everything, it becomes a minefield.

“The manager gets the details right, and we'll work on the biggest issues. We’ve shown we're capable, but we can’t have many more days like this.”

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