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Dean looking for composure in both boxes

29 November 2019

Goalkeeping Coach Dean Thornton knows MK Dons need to be more clinical at both ends of the pitch as he looks to turn positive performances into results.

Thornton, who has overseen four games as Goalkeeper Coach, has been impressed with the upturn in performances since Russell Martin’s appointment as MK Dons Manager.

He also noted that while he doesn’t feel there is a confidence issue within the camp, the Dons can display more composure in both boxes in order to pick up points,

“I thought coming here that the lads would have a confidence issue – but they are a really good group and that certainly isn’t the case,” Thornton told the local media.

“We just need to be clinical in both boxes. If you see how hard we have to work to score, other teams, don't have to work as hard to score against us. As a defensive unit, we're doing well but we can improve - it will always take time going from manager to manager.

“We're not worried, we know what we've got, Russell knows how we want to play and the lads are buying into it.”

Thornton also reserved praise the Lee Nicholls, Stuart Moore and Laurie Walker – adding that all three keepers push each other both on and off the pitch.

“I'm loving the goalkeeping union, we've got three really good goalies who all push each other. Lee has been performing well - but we need to go to another level.

“I tried to sign Stuart a few years ago and he actually turned me down! He then came to me six months later, it was like he owed me a favour – he’s a great lad and a great keeper.

"Laurie is coming into the mix as well - he is a very good keeper."


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