Paul Tisdale was thrilled to make a winning start to the 2019/20 campaign and insists there is plenty more to come from his MK Dons side.
Tisdale’s men beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at Stadium MK on Saturday courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from summer signing Rhys Healey.
Healey’s goal made it a dream return to Sky Bet League One for the Dons but their manager knows there is still plenty of work to do.
“I'm thrilled to get three points from a game where it looked like neither side was going to win but I know we've got to be better.” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference. “I know where we need to improve.
“I liked us generally - the nerve in the team, the consideration and structure and attention to patterns. We defended well at set pieces and kept a clean sheet so there is a lot to be taken from the game.
“We were very structured and considered but we needed a bit more spark and forward play. We need to find a connection that creates more of an impetus and more forward play. I know what we need to achieve, so I'll nudge it and adjust it.
“We certainly got that in the final 10 minutes, where there was a bit more flow in the game. We then got a fortuitous goal, though it came after a very good pass from Baily [Cargill] and then from Ben Reeves and then Rhys with a nice turn and shot. There was a lot of quality in the build-up, though it went in somewhat fortuitously.”
He added: “I'm delighted with the win, delighted to be up and running. I'm just very pleased with how today went.”
MK Dons are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on AFC Wimbledon in Round One of the Carabao Cup.
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