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Russ: A good point but we deserved all three

MK Dons were held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford United at Stadium MK...

1 March 2021

Fixture News

Russ: A good point but we deserved all three

MK Dons were held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford United at Stadium MK...

1 March 2021

Russell Martin felt MK Dons deserved to claim all three points in Saturday’s clash with Oxford United.

Martin’s men looked to be heading for a big home win at Stadium MK thanks to Andrew Surman’s well-taken first-half strike, but a 97th-minute header from Elliot Lee saw Oxford snatch a share of the spoils – undeservedly so, in the eyes of the Dons boss.

“We were the better team,” Martin said in his post-match press conference. “We controlled the game and limited them to very little, so I should be talking about how delighted I am but instead I'm angry and disappointed.

“I'm proud of the performance. It was much more 'us' than on Tuesday and we played some really nice stuff. It was a brilliant goal (we scored) too so I'm pleased with that.

“We should be glowing about the players and a clean sheet against Oxford, who are a really good side who have really good players at the top end.

“We've been let down by a really poor goal to concede. There were too many moments we had to stop it and prevent it, but we didn't.”

Martin added: “We have a point, which is a good point on the whole against a team who are competing (near the play-offs). I'm pleased with that but I feel like we deserved the three points.”

The Dons’ goal was a stunning example of Martin’s philosophy, as the Dons went from back to front before Surman finished things off with a composed finish from 18 yards out.

“The goal was outstanding,” Martin said. “It’s more evidence that we get much more positive stuff out of playing the way we do than we do than negative.

“There will always be scary moments but why we do it is highlighted by the goal. So many of our goals start with Andrew Fisher, and the defence, too, showed real courage and conviction.

“Surs was outstanding today. He had to come off because he looked tired but it was a brilliant goal from him.”

Martin, too, provided an early injury update on Daniel Harvie, who was forced off at half-time.

“He picked up a knock and tried to run it off just before half time but felt he couldn't sprint,” the boss said. “He did really well until then, so it was disappointing for him but hopefully it's not too bad.”


MK Dons return to action on Tuesday evening when they face Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Due to the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, the game will take place behind-closed-doors but MK Dons fans will still be able to watch the action courtesy of iFollow MK Dons.

With an iFollow MK Dons Video Match pass, you will be able to watch Martin's side in action on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device! Want to watch on your tablet or mobile device? Download the new EFL iFollow App and watch on the go, wherever you are!

To purchase a £10 Video Match Pass, click HERE and select Buy A Video Match Pass. Then simply log in to your iFollow MK Dons account and follow the instructions or register for an account, which can be done for free.

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