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Tuesday's team selection sent a positive message

MK Dons boss on his decision to make wholesale changes at Newport County...

14 February 2019

Paul Tisdale believes his team selection on Tuesday clash provided a positive message to his MK Dons squad.

Eyebrows were raised when the Dons manager made five changes to his starting XI for the Sky Bet League Two fixture with Newport County, including a switch of goalkeepers for the first time this season.

Those who came in to the side all contributed to the vital 1-0 success, and Tisdale hopes his decision - and the subsequent message sent - will have a constructive effect on his group.

“It's a message for everyone that there is a lot to gain by doing well,” Tisdale said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“Every time you play, in the first team or reserve team, you're being judged, and every day is a new opportunity.

“We’ve got a big squad and plenty of competition for places. Tuesday was a good thing because it reminded everyone that if they're out of the 18, they're still available for selection and can go straight in and play.”

Tisdale was also asked specifically about the decision to replace Lee Nicholls with Stuart Moore and what he expects from both of his goalkeepers moving forward.

“Stuart did fabulously,” Tisdale commented. “He has been ready, he has trained appropriately, and hasn't for a moment shown any disappointment for not being picked.

“When you get your opportunity, you have to take it, and he took it. He played really well and it's his job to repeat that next time he gets the chance.

“Lee has to be ready too. When you come out of the side, you sometimes have to draw a line, take a deep breath and try to get back to enjoying it and trying hard.

“He's a good goalkeeper, there's no doubt about that, but he's just had a tough month or two. He now has to be ready for when he gets his chance again.”

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