Stuart Moore made his MK Dons Sky Bet League Two debut in Tuesday night’s win over Newport County – and despite keeping a clean sheet – Moore was more pleased to pick up all three points.
Moore, who has featured mainly for the Under-23s and in Cup competitions this season, was handed his first league start of the season at Rodney Parade.
Chuks Aneke’s 87th-minute goal secured all three points for Paul Tisdale’s side – with the result lifting MK Dons back into fourth in the table.
Speaking to iFollow MK Dons following the victory, Moore praised the support he received from Lee Nicholls, while also stating that winning the game was more important than his clean sheet.
“The main thing today was getting three points at this important stage of the season. Results haven’t gone our way in recent weeks, but we’re working hard every day to try and turn it around - it’s very pleasing when something like this happens.
“Tis told me earlier in the afternoon that I’d be starting – to be honest I wasn’t expecting it. Lee [Nicholls] is a very good goalkeeper, I’ve been pushing him hard every day and I’m just glad the opportunity has come up to impress.
“I’m more than happy with the clean sheet but even more so with three points.”
Moore added, “It’s obviously disappointing for Lee, he wants to play, as does every goalkeeper – it’s a difficult position.
“Lee and I are very good with each other, we work very hard to push each other, at the end of the day it’s difficult for him because he wants to be out there. Lee was brilliant with me tonight - he was making sure I was ready for the game – Mel and Lee were superb and I really appreciate it.”
The 24-year-old reserved praise for the MK Dons faithful that made 252 mile round trip to South Wales.
“We appreciate all the fans support, Newport is a long way to travel, but it makes all the difference to us.
“We hear them on the side and it gives us that extra push. Anyone coming to games, thank you very much – keep doing it.”
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Carlisle United are priced at just £10 adults, £5 seniors/young persons and £2 under-18s, while under-7s go FREE.
Official Away Travel is running for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £35 Season Ticket holders/members and £36 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 8am.
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