Russell Martin said Saturday’s defeat to Bolton Wanderers was ‘difficult to take’ after witnessing a much-improved performance from his MK Dons side.
Martin’s men looked in control at the University of Bolton Stadium until a second-half red card to George Williams swung the contest in favour of the Trotters.
Bolton, though, would make their man advantage count in the third minute of stoppage time, with Murphy making amends for his penalty miss with a first-time finish.
“It's difficult to take,” Martin said in his post-match press conference.
“There are loads of positives to take. To a man we were outstanding - the application, intensity, desire. Performance-wise, it was the best we've been for a long time.
“I think we were the better team for long periods and created the two best chances. We looked like we were enjoying it out there.
“Even at 10 men, we showed a real courage and strength. We had two chances with 10 men, and I honestly thought we would, at least, see it out.”
He continued: “Everyone's absolutely gutted, but if they give me that every week, we'll be fine. If you’ve watched the last three games, you’ll see it has cranked up every time. The lads are buying into what we are doing.
“I'm disappointed with the result, but if we play like that every week, add some courage and bravery in that final third, we'll be more than ok.”
The red card to Williams was the game’s turning point and, in his press conference afterwards, Martin said he has no complaints with the decision.
“He's held his hands up to it. It's a shame because he was having a great game and it’s out of character for him.
“The game changed when he went off. We were just beginning to dominate but the complexion changed after that. He's devastated but all we can do is learn from it and move on.”
Russell Martin's MK Dons are back in action this Saturday afternoon when they take on Rotherham United at Stadium MK.
The match has been designated as the Club’s annual Armed Forces Day, and armed forces members, scout groups and veterans are entitled to up to one FREE ticket and one FREE guest ticket, with additional tickets available at a discounted rate. What’s more, there will be a military-themed Fanzone in our Marshall Arena from 12.30pm.
General sale tickets are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with an accompanying adult. Supporters can upgrade to premium seats in the East Centre for a £5 premium while an upgrade to clubRed is just £10 more.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.