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Russ: We'll miss our connection with the fans

MK Dons boss reflects on Tuesday's announcment regarding the pause on plans to return supporters to football stadiums...

23 September 2020

Russell Martin has expressed his disappointment following the news that football supporters won’t be returning to stadiums in October.

It was hoped that MK Dons and other EFL clubs could welcome fans back to their grounds from 1 October but the Government announced on Tuesday that, due to a rise in Coronavirus cases, those plans had been ‘paused’ indefinitely.

“I was really sad to see the news yesterday,” Martin said in his press conference on Wednesday, previewing this weekend’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.

“We recognise that it’s the safest course of action at the moment and we have to go with that, but the connection we have with our fans – we’ll certainly miss it.

“From a competitive point of view, it’s a real disadvantage not having fans at home. When we get to 1-1 on Saturday, it feels different for Lincoln if there are fans there. They become more anxious as the crowd would be up for it. It takes energy away from them.

“We need to take advantage of that when we are away from home, though. Maybe it will mean we won’t have that fear or anxiety and we’ll be able to maintain our tempo.”

Martin added: “Ultimately, we need to win home and away this season but we, of course, want to make sure we pick up a lot more points away from home this season.”


MK Dons will look to bounce back this Saturday when face Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Supporters can watch the match LIVE on iFollow MK Dons by purchasing a Video Match Pass for just £10 - click HERE and select Buy A Video Match Pass to sign up ahead of the weekend!

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