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Tis: I knew we had it in us

Manager reflects on the 3-0 victory over Blackpool...

15 September 2019

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Paul Tisdale knew his MK Dons side had it in them to secure a result like Saturday’s 3-0 win at Blackpool.

The Dons collected their first away league win of the season courtesy of a terrific performance and result at Bloomfield Road, against a Blackpool side who led the division earlier in the season.

“I knew we had it in us,” Tisdale said in his post-match press conference. “You can never predict a 3-0 win but you can predict a tough mentality and that’s exactly what we had today.

“We’ve had some disappointing Saturday’s on the road this year and we didn’t want that to happen again. We needed one of these because we haven’t been good enough in these scenarios all season.

“We had a good week last week, with two tough performances against Stevenage and then against AFC Wimbledon. A few weeks ago, you may have said we were a soft touch – we’re not that now.

“We won 3-0 because of the way we played. I was encouraging them to take a chance and show a bit more confidence and the third goal was a great example of that.

“We counter-attacked really well and defended really well. They put a lot of balls into our box but we had a lot of players in there focused on doing their jobs. There was total clarity with our defenders today.”

He continued: “We aren’t going to get ahead of ourselves, even though it was a good 3-0 win. We certainly aren’t going to win 3-0 every game this year. It’s going to develop and evolve, still.

“There is more to come but I’m really pleased. I’ll 3-0.”

Russell Martin, Jordan Houghton and David Kasumu were on the scoresheet in Lancashire - the latter scoring his first league goal for the Club – but there were plenty of other impressive performances, not least from Sam Nombe who continues to impress up front.

“Can I be excited too?” Tisdale said when discussing the fans’ excitement at the striker’s recent performances.

“He’s someone who always had that raw potential. He has strength and speed and he is performing his job. What a handful!

“He’s one of ours, who has got his chance. He’s stepped up and by god, he’s taken it.”

The only negative for the Dons on Saturday was an injury to Rhys Healey during the warm-ups – one which forced the forward to be withdrawn shortly before kick-off.

“We’re going to have to get his thigh scanned,” Tisdale confirmed. “He pulled a thigh during the warm-ups, just kicking a ball. We don’t yet know the full extent of it but it’s a pretty nasty thigh strain.”


Next up for Paul Tisdale's MK Dons is their Sky Bet League One clash with Ipswich Town at Stadium MK this Tuesday evening.

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.

Club Dons members are entitled to £5 discount on the matchday price for 10 EFL games while Young Dons members can take advantage of a £1 discount on prices - why not use that discount for today's match?

To purchase 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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