Liam Manning admitted that Saturday wasn’t MK Dons’ prettiest performance but the Head Coach was delighted nonetheless to secure all three points.
Manning’s side made it four straight home victories by seeing off Wycombe Wanderers at Stadium MK, with Troy Parrott’s first-half penalty proving the difference against the Chairboys, who were reduced to 10 men in the incident leading up to the decisive spot-kick.
“The key thing was the three points,” Manning said in his post-match press conference. “Overall, it was not the prettiest or a game we had the most control over but we picked up three points.
“It was extremely difficult, even with them down to 10 men. They're really difficult to play against, effective with their style and they caused us problems from set pieces.
“We caused ourselves as many problems in the first half as Wycombe did. When we didn't hit our standards in the first half, the players knew that and that's pleasing because the group knows what we're capable of.
“We made some strange decisions late in the game, from 85 minutes on. We had to maintain control and, for the majority we did it well, but we allowed them to get the ball, throw it into our half and attack - we have to give credit to Wycombe to force us into that.
“The clean sheet is massively pleasing. Wycombe's front two linked up really well - they do it really well. It caused us problems at times but I was delighted with the three centre backs and how they stood up to it - we deserved the clean sheet.”
Manning added: “We're never satisfied, we always want to improve. There is a long way to go and it's about being relentless and ruthless. We have to apply ourselves in the same way we just did.
“We're in a good place, we just have to be ready for Tuesday.”
Here is what else Liam Manning had to say in his post-match press conference…
On the red card decision…
“I haven't seen it. It was high-quality movement from Troy.”
On Troy Parrott’s performance...
“Troy has some real high moments and a lot of potential. It's now about turning that into consistent performances. We're starting to see that now but he still has a lot more to come. I'll sit with him on Monday, reflect on the good things and see how we can improve him.”
On Dean Lewington’s display…
“He was terrific. I don't want to talk about his age but, as a player, he's so reliable and consistent. His decision-making and how he manages the game is excellent. I’ve been really pleased.”
Liam Manning and MK Dons return to Stadium MK action on Tuesday night, looking to secure a fifth straight home victory when they take on Fleetwood Town.
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