Paul Tisdale views Saturday’s spirited draw against Coventry City as a step in the direction for his MK Dons side.
A battling performance at Stadium MK saw the Dons record their first league clean sheet for over a month and put an end to their five-game losing streak.
It means they head into two tough away trips next week with some confidence and Tisdale hopes it can provide a springboard in their season.
“It may seem like a small step but it’s actually a big step for us,” the Dons boss said in his post-match press conference.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s a draw but we’re taking it. We’re pleased to have got a clean sheet and a point.
“Our performance was symptomatic of what we encouraged in training this week. It was a really good team performance.
“Of course, we had to make some big saves. Lee had the penalty save so well done to him – that’s as good as scoring a goal. It was a really big moment for us.
“We built our performance really nicely. In order to have the second half that we did, we had to have a platform. We had the platform in the first half.
“There were three or four occasions where had opportunities to slide someone in but we didn’t end up with a shot.”
“I was really pleased with how we’ve done. I’m so proud of the players for the effort they put in.”
He continued: “I’m expecting it to [be a turning point] and I anticipate it will do.
“We’ve now got to put just as much endeavour and effort into next week. We’ve got two long away trips this week, for us and the supporters but we go into it with that little bit of rest bite having stopped that losing streak.”
As well as putting a much-needed point on the board, another positive for MK Dons was seeing Jordan Moore-Taylor complete his first 90 minutes since recovering from a knee injury sustained back in January.
Manager Tisdale was full of praise for his centre-back’s display.
“I was hesitant about starting him but to play like he did, having been out for 10 months – it was an incredible performance. It beggars belief how we could play that well.
“It’s great to have him back in. Well done to Simon Crampton, his team, and well done to Jordan, himself.”
Paul Tisdale's MK Dons are back in action on Tuesday evening when they take on Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.
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