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Manning: Accept a point

Head Coach Liam Manning reflects on his side's 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle...

9 December 2021

Liam Manning was accepting of a point following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Stadium MK.

Manning’s Dons took the lead against fifth-placed Plymouth, courtesy of a 21st-mintue goal from Tennai Watson but midway through the second half, the visitors earned themselves a share of the spoils through Conor Grant.

“It is probably fair based on how the game went,” Manning said in his post-match press conference. “In terms of control and opportunities, it was probably about even, I think.

“They're up there for a reason. They have quality in the side and I have to give them credit tonight because they were really good. They'll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“That said, I don't think they caused us too many problems in the first half. We were comfortable and when we showed bravery on the ball, we went through them well and created a few chances.

“I thought our goal was a real moment of quality, finding a spare player centrally. I think we probably should have caused them more problems after that.

“I think we should have engaged them higher to get the ball back too. We needed more numbers and pressure higher up. We're also disappointed with the goal we conceded.

“The game was really open in the last 10 minutes and both sides could have created something. We've been in games like that and not picked up points because of it.

“When you play teams in and around you, the least you need to make sure of is that you don't lose and come away with something. I think both teams will be happy with a point.”

Here is what else Liam Manning had to say in his post-match press conference…

Tennai Watson steps in and performs…
“I was pleased with T. He showed good energy, got up and down well and defended well. He had to dig deep at the end because he's not had a lot of games recently. He started the season well but Peter’s (Kioso) level has meant he's had to be patient. I'm delighted for him to come in and get the goal.”

Harry Darling suffers hamstring injury…
“He went on that long run and felt his hamstring a bit. It's not something you can run off so we made the decision to make the change. We’ll see how he is. Aden (Baldwin) did well when he stepped in.”

Troy Parrott makes an impact off the bench…
“Troy had a really good impact. It’s now finding a level of consistency in everything he does. It would have done him the world of good if he'd taken the chance but the positive is that he is getting into those areas. He has to keep his head down now and keep working.”

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Liam Manning and MK Dons are back in Stadium MK action this weekend when they take on Oxford United.

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE. Upgrades are available to East Centre and West Centre.

To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622922. Tickets will be available to buy right up up until kick-off from the Box Office.


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