Paul Tisdale labelled Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Lincoln City as a ‘great result’ for his MK Dons side.
Tisdale’s men bounced back from defeat at Wycombe Wanderers by securing their second straight home win courtesy of first-half goals from Callum Brittain and George Williams either side of a Tyler Walker finish.
The result, against a Lincoln City side who boasted a 100 percent record prior to Tuesday’s meeting at Stadium MK, means the Dons have taken six points from their opening three matches, which has delighted the manager.
“We’re a game behind already and it feels like we’re playing catch up so to get six points on the board is really important for us,” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference.
“It was a big challenge for us and a great result, so we're delighted. [Lincoln] are a good team and they were at the top of their game tonight. In many ways, they played a better game than us but we got two goals and only conceded one.
“We hung on and we showed a lot of guts in the end. They had to break us down and they couldn't do it. It was so important for us to hang on so I’m delighted with the players.
“We defended particularly well. It was a real challenge for me to make changes because everyone was working so hard. It was a tough final 20 minutes, and I did look at that clock a lot and I'm sure the players did, but we did enough.
“There were parts of our game that need a lot of improvement. We are trying to get our season going, but there are elements of our game, the guts and determination, that I'm more than happy with. We're going to need that endeavour, grit and determination and support going forwards.”
Tuesday’s game had a similar feel to that of the meeting at Sincil Bank between the two sides in September last year. That afternoon, the Dons weren’t able to hold on to a point, conceding a last-minute goal to leave Lincolnshire empty-handed.
Reflecting on that game, and the journey his side have been on since, Tisdale said: “We were new into our tenure when we played Lincoln last year, and we could have won that game but we weren't tough enough.
“We weren't tough enough at the end, and we were tough enough today. Hopefully that will continue.”
Paul Tisdale's MK Dons will go in search of their third successive home victory when they take on Peterborough United at Stadium MK on Saturday.
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