Hiram Boateng knows MK Dons can perform much better than they did against Oxford United and wants the team to prove that next time out.
The Dons fell to their second defeat in six games against Oxford on Saturday despite Boateng’s fourth goal of the season giving them a 21st minute lead at Stadium MK.
Two second-half goals from the U’s did the damage and while disappointed with the result, Boateng is more focused on how he and his teammates can learn from the experience to ensure they improve moving forwards.
“Obviously it is a tough defeat to take considering how we played in the first half,” Boateng told iFollow MK Dons. “We wanted to come out and set that tempo high again in the second half but we lacked that and it cost us.
“We don't want to take too much away from them, because they are a good side, but I know we can play much better than that. We had a talk about it after the game and so we're definitely going to be working hard in training to try and rectify the issues.
“There were a lot of issues prior to the game and I know there were a lot of important players missing but I think we've got a squad with players more than capable of filling. There are a lot of talented players in the squad and we need to show that more often.
“We just have to dust ourselves down, analyse the game and kick on next time. I know we are going to be working hard this week because we have a real work ethic and team unity to keep working and get better.”
Boateng’s first-half finish was his fourth of the season and takes him to seven goal contributions, which ranks fifth on the team behind only Scott Twine, Matt O’Riley, Troy Parrott and Max Watters.
“I love playing for the club and whenever I am called upon I want to do my best to chip in with goal and assists, and help the team win games, which is what I have always set out to do at this Club.
“Every opportunity I get, I’m just trying to play like it’s my last opportunity and do everything I can to put in good performances.”
Hiram Boateng and MK Dons will look to return winning ways on Saturday when they take on Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
Tickets are available to buy from the Box Office and online priced at £18 adults, £16 seniors, £13 17-22s and £5 under-17s in the standing terrace or £22 adults, £20 seniors, £20 17-22s and £12 under-17s in the seated area.
To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622933. Tickets will be available from the Box Office and online until 4pm on Friday.