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O'Riley: Teammates to thank for November award

Midfielder on winning EFL's Young Player of the Month...

15 December 2021

Matt O’Riley paid tribute to his teammates after being named EFL Young Player of the Month for November.

The midfielder became the fifth MK Dons player to win the award following a month in which he contributed to four goals in four appearances.

Pleased to be recognised, O’Riley was also eager to give credit to his fellow players for their help in allowing him to perform to a top level.

“I’m just very grateful to be a part of a proper team,” he said after receiving the award. "There are no egos in the squad, no cliques and everyone’s a real tight unit and that definitely helps me on the pitch.”

O’Riley continued: “It’s the first time I’ve won it so it’s a new experience in that sense but a nice one. Hopefully there’s more to come in the future.

“At the start of the season, I was playing a bit deeper and trying to dictate the game in terms of my position, whereas in November I was playing a bit higher up. In the sense of goals and assists, it was probably a bit easier for me to contribute and stand out.

“At Morecambe the other week, I was playing a bit higher up so I was getting into positions that I wouldn’t usually get into. It’s always nice to score but I’m not someone that prides my game purely on goals - I like to run a game in terms of passes and all of that kind of stuff.”

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