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Russ: A fair result

Russell Martin reflects on the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town...

3 May 2021

Russell Martin didn’t have too many complaints after his MK Dons side shared the spoils with Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

The Dons came from behind last Saturday to maintain their unbeaten finish to the 2020/21 season, with Charlie Brown cancelling out Gerard Gardner’s strike on the hour to secure a 1-1 draw.

“I think it’s a fair result,” Dons boss Martin said afterwards. “They only had two shots on target but I don’t think we had too many either. It was a bit of a strange and frustrating game

“We had a lot of control in the first half but it was really stop-start – a lot of fouls and set-pieces. We couldn’t really get in the flow and it turned into a slow end of season game. Still, we felt in control and felt like it was coming.

“David then had to come off because he was one away from another booking and Matt O’Riley had to come off too. We lost Ethan before the game as well so it was all a little bit disjointed.

“Still, we started off alright in the second and then we had a throw-in in their half that somehow leads to a goal on the counter attack. We’ve done a lot of work on defending that, and it was far too easy, so I’m really angry about the goal we conceded.

“The mentality after that was fantastic, with the way they finished the game. Scotty Fraser was singled out by Deano after the game because of his intensity – he really drove the boys on and they looked to him and followed his lead.

“They deserved a goal and I’m pleased they got it. I thought we might even go on and nick a winner. There was only one time who looked like doing that towards the end - we looked, fit and strong and really desperate to win it.

“We haven’t quite done it but if you aren’t going to be at your best in terms of flow and fluidity, then don’t lose.”

Martin added: “I’m proud of what they’ve been able to produce in a difficult end of season game – we will learn from the frustrations because we need to make sure when we come here next season, we perform better.”


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