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Tis: We’ve got to put it right

Manager's thoughts on Saturday's defeat at Grimsby Town...

27 January 2019

Paul Tisdale admits there is a real sense of urgency needed in the team’s bid to turn around their recent form.

Tisdale’s side suffered their third successive defeat on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Grimsby Town courtesy of a 27th-minute header from Wes Thomas at Blundell Park.

The result leaves the Dons sixth in the Sky Bet League Two table, six points adrift of the automatic promotion places - albeit, they two hold two games in hand on third-placed Bury.

“It was difficult and frustrating,” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference.

"It was a terribly frustrating afternoon. The players committed to everything I asked them to do but we did not create enough chances off the back of it - that’s something I have to look at because it's not the first time it has happened.

"We’ve got to move on but I'm not dismissing the fact we've lost three points today and I'm not happy about it.”

He continued: “Will we sort it out? Yes I think we will, but my major concern is time and games ticking away.

“I have faith in myself and my colleagues to find the answers but ultimately games are running out. We all know that.

“I need to get the players’ minds on what we need to do and where our flaws are, and what we need to remember if we are to pull our results back. We've got good enough players and the clarity to make things better.

“I've been here before and I think we'll do it - we have just got to do it now.”

One positive for Tisdale was the performance of Ryan Watson, who performed well in his first league start since mid-October and playing in a slightly unorthodox right midfield position.

“He had a really good game, playing slightly out of position,” the manager said when asked about Watson’s showing.

“It's a useful adjustment, whether he will continue I don't know. I thought he did really well under the circumstances, especially not playing in the team for a while.”

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

Entitled to make changes…
“I'm entitled as the manager to make changes, we have some new signing who were always going to make their debuts at some point. Osman has deserved his start recently too.”

Would have preferred a chance on goal to the red card…
“[The red card] didn't help us, because we didn’t win. I’d sooner Kieran have the one-on-one and we be 1-1 with 11 men on the field. It's impossible to tell.”

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MK Dons will look to get back on track this coming Tuesday evening when they take on Oldham Athletic at Stadium MK.

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members.

Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

To buy tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.


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