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O’Riley: Disappointment is a good sign

24 August 2021

Matt O’Riley feels the disappointment of only coming away from Portman Road with a point is a sign MK Dons are in a good place.

Liam Manning’s side were arguably the better team in their last Sky Bet League One outing, and could’ve picked up three points with the last kick of the game as Josh Martin hit the bar.

O’Riley feels the that being disappointed with just a point speaks highly of the group at Stadium MK.

“I think we are disappointed, which is a good sign,” O’Riley told iFollow MK Dons, “Ipswich is a really tough place to come, and they've bought some really good players.

“We've come here and put on a really good performance, and it's a good sign we're disappointed to come away with a point.

“I think we could have got a few more points from the start of the season. We've got a good squad and we believe we can do well this season. If we can stay on it and we keep progressing nicely I think we'll be in a good position.”

At just 20, O’Riley playing with maturity and consistency beyond his years, with Saturday remarkably being his first experience of 20,000 fans.

The youngster noted that although it was a new experience for him, he wanted to make an impression with his performance.

“When I came on the pitch and saw the crowd I thought I was really going to enjoy myself. There were about 20,000 fans here, and I've never played in front of that many people so I really wanted to make a statement.

“I wanted to prove a point to myself and the team, and to be honest I think I did that.”

 


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