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Russ: A point gained… but we should have had all three!

MK Dons boss reflects on the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town...

9 February 2020

Russell Martin views Saturday’s point as one gained for his MK Dons side, although felt they did enough in the closing stages of the match to walk away with all three.

Martin’s men drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow, after Rhys Healey’s third goal in as many games cancelled out Omar Beckles’ earlier strike.

It was a result which lifted the Dons 10 points clear of the bottom three in Sky Bet League One and while slightly disappointed that gap isn’t greater following an away victory, the boss was still content walking away from Shropshire.

“We have to be really satisfied with a point,” Martin said in his post-match press conference. “I’m pleased but also disappointed not to get three points.

“We dominated in terms of chances and in terms of possession against a team not easy to play against.

“We made a few more mistakes than we have done recently and we had a few scary moments but we rode them out, and their chances only came when we made those mistakes.

“It was windy and the pitch was really bobbly - to ask them to do what we've asked in those conditions was not easy. Sometimes we will make mistakes, but that's on me because we're asking them to do that.

“We conceded a poor goal but we responded really well to that. A few weeks ago, we wouldn't have got back into it in the last half an hour.

“There was only one team going to win the game in the end, looking at all the chances we had. I felt it was coming and we looked like we believed we would win it. The game ended two minutes too soon for us.”

Martin continued: “Results went our way too. I don't think we'll be comfortable until we're where we want to be but we've come a long way.

“We've still got a lot of improvements to make and that excites me. We're three unbeaten now and we have a real chance now to string some results together.”

The major talking point from the match came in the first half when Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Joe Murphy clattered into Carlton Morris inside the penalty area.

Referee Peter Wright appeared to point straight to the spot before changing his mind and awarding the Dons a corner, much to the bemusement of Martin.

“[It was a penalty] no doubt about it,” Martin commented.

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“It was stone wall, he gave it and no-one complained. Then, for some reason, he changed his mind. It was either a penalty of a goal kick, and he gave a corner.

“It’s not the reason we didn't win but if we scored first, there was no doubt in my mind we'd win the game. He’s made a mistake and that is really frustrating. There's a sense of injustice but it is what it is.”

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Russell Martin and MK Dons are back in Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday night when they take on Lincoln City at the LNER Stadium.

Tickets are priced at £24 adults, £19 concessions, £19 young adults and £10 juniors. Lincoln City also offer family ticket deals – an adult and a junior for £28.50 or a concession/young adult and a junior for £22.

Official Away Travel is available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £18 Season Ticket holders/members and £19 general sale. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 3.45pm.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets and travel will be available from the Club until midday on Tuesday.

Can't make the game? Supporters will be able to watch this match live on iFollow MK Dons for just £10 - click HERE to purchase an Audio Match Pass!


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