Paul Tisdale was complimentary of his side’s spirited display in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.
Tisdale’s MK Dons were unfortunate not to come away from the Stadium MK encounter with at least a point, after a dominant second-half response in response to Jon Nolan’s 12th-minute strike.
That Nolan goal, however, did prove to be the difference and while disappointed, Tisdale knows he has plenty to still be pleased about.
“I’m disappointed we got nothing from it because I think we deserved to,” the Dons boss said in his post-match press conference. “It was a spirited performance and we gave it a real good go.
“I don’t think we started badly, they just did a very good job on us. A game of football is never the same from the start through to the finish and you have to be able to adapt and navigate your way through.
“It was a change of style at half-time. It wasn’t a critique on the first half or the players that came off – I mean, Joe Walsh was one of our best players in the first half - it was about changing the style. We did that and with a bit more craft and luck, we could have scored.
“We all saw the game – we did everything but score. We didn’t get the goal and the goals are, of course, the most important factor in any game, but in terms of the contribution, I think we found our feet and we tried really hard.
“We have to find a way to work through that type of situation better. We’ve got to find a way in future to come away with something in a game like that but there’s plenty to work with.”
He continued: “[The players] are cross, agitated and frustrated and that’s a good sign.
“It’s also a good sign that we’re playing against a top of the table team, who are surely going to be a contender, and we’ve made them hang on for 50 minutes, if not longer. I think that’s a compliment to our players and the way we made the game turn in our favour.
“Well done to the players and well done to the supporters for getting behind us. As I’ve said, plenty to work with.”
Tisdale also provided an update on the status of striker Rhys Healey, who was forced off during the warm-ups ahead of Saturday’s victory over Blackpool.
“It’s not good” he revealed. “He’s going to be out for a considerable length of time with a thigh strain.”
MK Dons have the opportunity to bounce back this Saturday when they take on Southend United at Stadium MK.
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