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Russ: Saturday's win must be our starting point

MK Dons beat Gillingham at Stadium MK for their first league win of the campaign...

18 October 2020

Russell Martin wants MK Dons to turn Saturday’s victory over Gillingham into more points over the coming weeks.

Martin’s side secured their first Sky Bet League One success of the season at Stadium MK, beating the Gills 2-0 courtesy of goals from Cameron Jerome and Carlton Morris either side of half-time.

It was the perfect way for the Dons to kick-off a stretch of nine games in four weeks and the boss is hoping it can lead to a positive run of form.

“I'm really pleased,” Martin said in his post-match press conference. “I'm hoping it relaxes us because while we believe in what we're doing, we have been frustrated – I hope we’ve lost that frustration now.

“We have to make this count and make sure it’s the start of a run. We need to put in more good performances and we've got to get more points on the board.”

Reflecting on the victory over Gillingham, Martin commented: “In the first half, I don't think our performance was as great has it has been in recent weeks.

“We knew Gillingham would make it really difficult, but I felt we let them dictate how the game went a little too much.

“We scored, though, and then got a bit anxious, which I do understand – we've not been in that position for a long time.

“We limited them to one shot on target, though. We defended the box with determination and desire – a marked improvement.

“At half-time, I told them they had a choice to make – either turn it into a game to enjoy or to let it go like the first half where they were anxious.

“I'm so proud of how they reacted - we dominated the second half and we deserved the win.

“My only frustration really is not scoring more goals because we deserved more. But, we're off, it's our first win and we thoroughly deserved it.”


MK Dons will look to make it back-to-back league wins when they take on Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this Tuesday evening. Kick-off is at 7pm

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