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Darling's bittersweet debut

Mixed emotions for debutant...

27 January 2021

Although Harry Darling was happy to make his MK Dons debut on Tuesday evening, the Defender was frustrated not to take something from the occassion.

Having had just under a week to get integrated into the squad Darling was thrown straight into the action by Russell Martin - and looked more than capable at the heart of the defence.

The 21-year-old was named Man of the Match as he boasted a 92.5% pass accuracy in one of Russell Martin's crucial positions.

Liam Millar's first-half strike was enough to secure the points for Lee Bowyer's side, with Darling noting the defeat does dampen an otherwise pleasing evening.

"I’m delighted to have made my debut but it’s disappointing to have not got three points," Darling told iFollow MK Dons following the full-time whistle. "I feel like we dictated the game and had a lot of possession but we didn’t really have that final third quality. We’ve got to improve on that heading into Saturday.

"I think it was a poor goal to concede, we can take confidence from the performance, but we want to win every game."

MK Dons were dominant against Charlton Atheltic, shown by their 69% possession and 539 passes. Darling praised the style of play at Stadium MK and the trust his new manager has installed in him.

"It’s a different style of play but it’s a style that I like and a big reason I came to the club - I really enjoyed it.

"Credit to the gaffer for putting me in – he didn’t have to do that. I feel settled in already, the boys have been brilliant with me. We’ll look to build upon tonight."


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