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Manning: It comes down to quality in the box

Head Coach Liam Manning reflects on his side's defeat to Doncaster Rovers...

23 January 2022

Liam Manning says the MK Dons squad were, rightly, disappointed after they failed to take their chances in Saturday’s defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Manning’s Dons saw their unbeaten run come to an end at Stadium MK as they were beaten 1-0 by Donny despite having 75% possession and 25 shots on goal.

“We've got a frustrated and disappointing dressing room and rightly so,” Manning said in his post-match press conference. “To totally dominate and create enough chances is a big frustration.

“We created enough chances to win the match. We had 17 shots from inside their box - if we produce numbers like that week in, week out then we'll win more games than we lose.

“It just comes down to quality. You can over-analyse the game but, ultimately, it was just down to quality in the penalty box. Everything was right apart from the final bit and the goal we conceded.

‘It's a disappointing goal to concede. The guys have done really well defensively, stopping things through the middle, so to allow him inside to get the shot in is disappointing - it gave them something to hold on to, to sit back and defend.”

Manning added: “We've bounced back numerous times from results like this so we'll stick together and look to put in a performance on Tuesday.”

Here is what else Liam Manning had to say in his post-match press conference…

On Conor Coventry…
“Conor was solid. He had a lot of the ball and he broke play up. For his first game, he did well. Now it's about getting up to speed, building relationships. That can take a bit of time but we have to make sure we accelerate that so he has a good relationship and rapport with everyone so we can get the best out of him.”

On Connor Wickham…
“Connor has come in, in good shape. He's lean and he looks fit in training. We have to be careful with him but you saw his qualities when he came on. He gives us a different dimension so we just need to get him up to speed.”

On Theo Corbeanu…
“Theo brings something different. He carries it well and is dangerous one on one. The challenge now, is to bring us the final product but he certainly produces some high-level moments.”

On Harry Darling’s injury…
“He's progressing well and he's not far off. Having him back in a few weeks will be like a new signing. We just have to make sure when we bring him back, he stays back.”

On Aden Baldwin’s absence…
“Aden picked up an ankle injury on Thursday. We tried to give him time but he didn't feel comfortable on it.”

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Liam Manning and MK Dons turn their attention to Tuesday, when they will look to return to winning ways against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Tickets, which available to buy from the Box Office and online until midday on Tuesday 25 January, are priced at £18 adults, £16 seniors, £13 17-22s and £5 under-17s in the standing terrace or £22 adults, £20 seniors, £20 17-22s and £12 under-17s in the seated area.

To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622933.


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