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Rubio: U23s showed belief

Under-23s boss pleased with Dons' fightback...

9 January 2019

Edu Rubio praised the belief of his MK Dons Under-23s side after they twice fought back to draw 2-2 with Peterborough United in their first Central League fixture of 2019.

The Dons, playing only their third Central League match of the campaign, fell behind to George Cooper’s early goal but equalised shortly after half-time through Osman Sow - one of nine senior professionals in Rubio’s XI.

Posh scored again on the hour mark but Lawson D’Ath earned MK Dons a share of the spoils with a long-range effort on 88 minutes.

“I thought it was a fair result,” said Rubio, whose side now sit fourth in the Central League table, three points adrift of leaders Plymouth Argyle with a game in hand.

“The belief in the team was certainly a positive. We believed until the very last minute and we showed passion and commitment too.

“The side has always shown a desire to score goals and create chances. We played some good football, coming out from the back and we created a lot of chances.

“We gifted them the second goal and we shouldn’t have conceded so early in the game. Those are the only areas that I’m coming away thinking we need to improve on.”

He added: “All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the boys.”

Monday’s match was one of three that the Under-23s will play this month along with next week’s Central League date with AFC Wimbledon and their Berks and Bucks FA Senior Cup Quarter Final tie against Marlow in just under a fortnight’s time.

“We are really looking forward to the games coming up,” Rubio said. “We are going to try and do our best next week against AFC Wimbledon and then it’s the cup game. It’s a really positive time for the under-23s.”


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