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Johnson: We have to keep going now

Tuesday's goalscorer reflects on the victory...

18 August 2022

Bradley Johnson wants MK Dons to use Tuesday’s victory over Port Vale as a springboard to further success, as they prepare to host Accrington Stanley this weekend at Stadium MK.

Johnson scored twice in midweek as the Dons picked up their first win of the Sky Bet League One season, beating the Valiants 2-1 at Stadium MK.

Reflecting on the triumph, and what it will mean for the side moving forward, MK Dons’ number 14 told iFollow MK Dons: “Three points is massive. We knew we'd pick up a win sooner rather than later because we're a good team, but we have to keep going now and get more points.

“It's a long season and we're only four games in. Performance-wise, the first half against Cambridge (United) wasn't good enough, we were good against Sheffield Wednesday but we let everyone down on Saturday (against Ipswich Town).

“We wanted to put it right (on Tuesday) and we did it. We still have bits to work on but at the end of the day we got three points and that's what we've been fighting for, for a long time.”

Johnson added: “Games are coming thick and fast and there will be spells when we don't play well and win, or play well and we don't win. It's down to people like me and Skip (Dean Lewington), as well as the management team, to keep everyone level and keep confidence up.”

Reflecting on his goals, and his Man of the Match award, Johnson told the media: “I've always been told if you don't shoot, you don't score!

“(For the first one), I got my head up, saw the corner was open and I tried to just pass into it. I was a bit surprised it went in, but thankfully it did. That first goal settled us.

“When you're close to the edge of the box, it's hard for a free-kick taker to get it up and over the wall. I said to Kempy let me smash it and so I did and it went in again. We were going for the second goal so it gave us a bit of a cushion.

“It's always good to be noted for your performance, but I'm a team player. If I lead out there and put a performance in, it galvanises everyone and puts us on the front foot - and being a big voice on the field and in the dressing room, I felt I did that.”


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