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Boss pleased to continue playing through Lockdown

Russell Martin speaks following the announcment that elite football will continue during the lockdown period...

2 November 2020

Russell Martin believes it’s the right decision to allow elite football to continue during the upcoming national lockdown.

It was confirmed on the weekend that EFL competitions could remain as currently scheduled, despite the new measures which have been brought in by the Government to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

That means the Dons will be able to continue with their Sky Bet League One campaign, which Martin believes is the right call.

“I’m really pleased we are going to play through this lockdown,” the manager said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Northampton Town.

“I think it’s the right call. Football has proved it’s a safe and secure environment and whenever there has been an outbreak at a club, it’s been contained quickly.

“It also gives a lot of people something to look forward to. That was one of the problems with the first lockdown, as there was very little to focus on while people were at home with nothing to do.

"It’s important football stays open for the fans and the people involved in it.”

While the Dons have been operating under strict Covid-secure protocols since their return in July, Martin is anticipating further adjustments in order for his side to continue operating safely while the boss is also mindful of the impact that playing through Lockdown may have on the mental well-being of his squad.

“Operationally, we don’t know how it will affect us just yet," he said. "We don’t know if we can stay in the hotels we wanted too, in case if they are shutting. We also don’t know how much will change in our day to day operations here with the hotel, so we’ll have to wait and see on that."

The boss continued: “We just need to try and make the most of a tough situation. It’s going to be a difficult time for everyone this month, and that includes the players and the staff.

“The mental aspect is always the most important one, because if you’re not in the right mindset, then there is no way you can perform at your best – that goes for any aspect of life.

“Here, we need to make sure our players get enough time away from here with their families but also, with those who live alone, make sure they’re not spending too much time alone.

“We are fortunate that we have each other because some people don’t have anyone. Therefore, we need to look after each other to ensure we can all feel positive about ourselves and make the best of this situation.”

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Russell Martin's men return to action on Tuesday night when they take on Northampton Town at the PTS Academy Stadium.

Due to the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, the tie will take place behind closed doors but fans will be able to watch the match courtesy of an iFollow MK Dons Video Match Pass.

With an iFollow MK Dons Video Match pass, you will be able to watch Martin's side in action on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device! Want to watch on your tablet or mobile device? Download the new EFL iFollow App and watch on the go, wherever you are!

To purchase a £10 Video Match Pass, click HERE and select Buy A Video Match Pass. Then simply log in to your iFollow MK Dons account and follow the instructions or register for an account, which can be done for free.


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