Joe Walsh was happy to accept substance over style as MK Dons made a winning start to the 2019/20 campaign.
The Dons marked their return to Sky Bet League One action with a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK - substitute Rhys Healey grabbing the decisive goal deep into stoppage time for Paul Tisdale’s side.
While admittedly not at their fluent best, Walsh was more than content to walk away with all three points and secure a successful start to the new term.
“We know we can do better but it's the first game and all we wanted was three points,” the Welshman told the media after Saturday’s win.
“You can play as many pre-season games as you like but when it comes to a league game, it's totally different. We started slowly, it was a bit sticky and I don't think we were great. It didn't click in the first half, but we've got time to work on it and get better.
“Towards the end, we looked a bit fitter than them, and that's when we got the goal. It was relief in the end, getting the goal. I couldn't see it – Rhys is claiming it. All I saw was it go in, and I ran to him! I don't know whose it was, I don't really care!
“We got the goal, the points and the clean sheet, so you can't ask for much more. It's still early days so we'll not go mad over not playing our best football, but at least we've won the game.”
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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