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Warren remaining grounded after successful start

22 September 2021

Despite MK Dons’ successful start to the season, Warren O’Hora says MK Dons aren’t getting carried away and are remaining focused.

Liam Manning’s side currently sit third in the Sky Bet League One table – just one point off top of the table Wigan Athletic.

Saturday’s 4-1 win over Gillingham ensured MK Dons won back-to-back games in the league for the first time this season and extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

Manning’s side enjoyed 84% of possession at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium and completed an EFL weekend high of 730 passes.

It would be easy to get excited, however, O’Hora knows the Sly Bet League One campaign is a long and gruelling one. With the games coming thick and fast, the Irishman says the squad are taking it one game at a time.

“It’s only a good start,” O’Hora told iFollow MK Dons. “You can only look at it as a start of the season. There is no room to get complacent, nobody is getting their ego up either. We’re looking at it as one game at a time and not getting carried away. We just focus on the next week and the next game.

“We have a great dressing room and that really helps. We have little mini-games before training and then we come back and play more games. We have a really good spirit and feel like we’ve really come together this season.

“We had a tough start with nobody really expecting us to start as we have, it’s a credit to the boys. It’s still competitive football, but we are all really enjoying it.”

Last season MK Dons dominated the same fixture against Gillingham only to come out on the losing side. The fixture saw the Dons break the British Record for passes completed before a goal, but the final result was one that swung in the favour of Steve Evans’s side.

O’Hora feels that Manning has helped MK Dons develop into a side that can win different types of games, noting how the Head Coach made a few tweaks in order to help the Dons win tough games.

“We have different ways to win games now and you’ve seen that already this season. Accrington Stanley at home wasn’t the best game to watch, but we proved we can fight to win the game.

“We watched Gillingham before the game and we know what a Steve Evans team looks like. We always have to be switched on as them games can be really tricky, you dominate the ball for so long and if you switch off – you run the risk of going 1-0 down.

“The boys were switched on all game, we built momentum during the game and the away fans were great.”

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