Paul Tisdale was full of praise for his MK Dons players after their professional performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Yeovil Town at Stadium MK.
Goals in either half from Ryan Harley and Chuks Aneke, as well as a 16th clean sheet of the campaign, earned the Dons a valuable three points which moved them back into the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two.
“It was professional,” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference.
“The opposition gave it a really good go, they opened up and played but we minimised their opportunities.
“At 1-0, you're never safe but we scored that second and now we march on.”
Saturday’s two goalscorers have enjoyed contrasting seasons on the pitch - Harley scored on what was only his fourth start of an injury-hit campaign while Aneke took his goal tally for the season to 18 with a stunning solo effort.
Tisdale had mentions for both players, as well as attacker David Wheeler who returned to the starting XI just a week after suffering a nasty facial injury against Stevenage.
“We have missed him a lot this season through injury,” Tis said of Harley. “He has played a few reserve games recently which showed me he was ready and he scored with a lovely finish.
“Chuks made that goal from the half-way line. He's not just relying on his teammates to put it on a plate for him - he's showing real tenacity and determination. Once you have that mindset, the results come. I hope he will score more goals like that.
“I also have to say how impressed I was with David Wheeler after the week he has had. It wasn't his day today, but he had a real resolve, making himself available and giving it a go. He will have a big part to play in the final seven games, as will everyone.
“Every player has their skill-set and, with seven games to go, they will all be needed. It's up to me now to decide who is needed when.”
Saturday’s win didn’t come without a cost, as the Dons lost midfielder Alex Gilbey to injury early in the first half. Tisdale provided an early update on his condition after the game.
“I hope he's not too badly injured,” he said.
“Although he isn't a defender, he is a big player for us in defensive situations. Alex pulling out meant we had to be creative and adjust, but also to trust the players. We lost a bit with Alex, though.”
Next up for Paul Tisdale's MK Dons is their clash with Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn this Saturday.
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