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Tis: Players receptive and willing to improve

Boss looks ahead to clash with Crewe Alexandra...

18 January 2019

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Paul Tisdale has praised his players for their receptive manner following a week focused on making improvements.

MK Dons welcome Crewe Alexandra to Stadium MK this weekend, looking to put things right after a disappointing defeat at fellow promotion-chasers Bury last time out.

Tisdale, though, is pleased with how his side have responded in the aftermath of the trip to Greater Manchester.

“We know what we have to do and we'll sort it,” the manager said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“The players listen really well, they're very receptive. We work hard off the pitch establishing how we think.

“I have a very clear picture of what we need to do. It's not the obvious, just defending. It's a team game - we defend from the front, attack from the back.”

Tisdale continued: “I have to look at the big picture - while I'm bitterly disappointed with losing a lead or two, there is a lot of good in what we’re doing.

“Generally, we're in a good position but I'd like us to have more [points].”

MK Dons boast the second-best home record in Sky Bet League Two entering the weekend and are just one win shy of making it double-figure successes at Stadium MK this term.

While always confident in his side to perform on their own patch, Tisdale insists they can take nothing for granted this Saturday against the in-form Railwaymen, who have picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 in their last five matches.

“We've done really well at home but I'm not taking anything for granted,” he said.

“Crewe will want an away win. We have to approach every game here as though they will play their best game.”

Here is what else Tisdale had to say in his pre-match press conference…

On spying in football…
“I haven't really thought about it but I'm actually not all that bothered. I see it like telling a joke – we all know the joke, some people make it funny, others don't. I haven't even thought about it, even with all this going on, and I hope I can have that state of mind going forward. If someone wants to watch, crack on!”

On George Williams…
“It’s a hamstring injury. He’s walking around fine but we have to make a judgement on the severity of it. I've seen players recover quickly from hamstring injuries but there are some where it can linger on for a long time."

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