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Surs: Our belief won't waiver

11 March 2021

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Although MK Dons are enduring a sticky patch, Andrew Surman says the players belief in the way they play will not waiver.

Russell Martin’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday evening as Jerry Yates first-half strike secured all three points for Neil Critchley’s side.

The Dons were perhaps unlucky to walk away without a point having seen a number of chances go close. The defeat means it’s now three losses in a row for Martin’s men, but Surman feels if the Dons continue to play the way they are, points will fall their way.

“Everyone here believes in what we’re doing here,” Surman told iFollow MK Dons. “Down to a man we all enjoy the way we are playing, when we come away with a bad result, everyone questions it and doubting it. Within the camp – we don’t doubt it at all.

“We fully believe in what we’re doing here and it’s enjoyable to play in. We’ve come away with good results and good performances of late, we won eight from 11 with a lot of good performances. We just need to put some results with performances and we’ll climb the league.

“We have to keep doing what we're doing. If we can tinker a bit, and cut out the goals, which is obvious, and be more clinical in the final third, we're so close to being a really good team. We have to keep believing in it.”

The experienced midfielder feels the Dons have returned to their ways from earlier in the season in conceding soft goals despite dominating and controlling the game. Surman, however, praised the whole squad for showing their bravery and knows they have to start taking their chances moving forwards.

“That was the story early in the season as well - we’ve been in total control and we’ve let ourselves down. We’re putting in a good performance but we concede a soft goal, we want to play, everyone is brave on the ball, it might look risky but I think it’s enjoyable to play in and good to watch.

“In the first half, we had so many opportunities, two glorious ones before they scored to put ourselves 1-0 up. When we do go ahead in games, teams find it so hard to get the ball off us. If we can score first and cut out the mistakes, we'll be great.

“We’ve earnt the respect from the way we play and teams are coming here to set up to stop us playing. We'll have to tweak certain things depending on who we play with, but that's the philosophy and we all believe in it.”


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