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Jackson: Mixed emotions

Head Coach Mark Jackson reflects on his side's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth...

8 April 2023

Fixture News

Jackson: Mixed emotions

Head Coach Mark Jackson reflects on his side's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth...

8 April 2023

Mark Jackson had mixed emotions after his side battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

Jackson’s Dons came from behind to earn a share of the spoils against their play-off chasing visitors but were left feeling as though it could have been more, especially having played against 10 men for over 50 minutes.

“I'm wrestling with it at the moment,” the MK Dons Head Coach said when asked by the media whether he was happy with the result.

“It's a good point and it keeps our run going but we’ve got some disappointment because, going up against a team with ten-men for that amount of time, you'd expect to win.”

Jackson continued: “We made a slow start and they controlled the game. We didn't play our normal game which was frustrating. Of course, it all changed with the red card and they changed their approach.

“The perception when you're playing ten men is that you'll automatically win, but we know how difficult it is. Credit to Portsmouth, they were really strong defensively and defended their goal really well.

“We kept knocking at the door, created opportunities, but we could have asked more questions with the final pass, the ball in the box and things like that. I was pleased with how we controlled those moments in the game.

“(After the goal) we forced it too much when we needed to be more patient. Portsmouth were going for it after the goal too, so we had to be careful of the counter-attacks which they nearly had.”

The Dons remain 19th in the Sky Bet League One table following Friday’s draw but their gap over the bottom three is now down to three points, courtesy of Accrington Stanley’s victory at home to Port Vale.

“We've got to take care of our own business, stay focused and keep calm,” Jackson said of his team’s current standing.

“Teams are fighting, so there'll be different results - strange results, shock results. We'll keep focused on ourselves.

“We're five unbeaten now, which is positive. If you'd said that five games ago, we'd have probably taken it.”


Mark Jackson and MK Dons will look to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they take on Derby County at Pride Park Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Tickets, which are now only available to buy online, are priced at £20 adults, £15 seniors/young adults, £10 juniors and £5 children. Infants (those aged under 5) go FREE.

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Please note, this fixture has been declared ALL-TICKET for away supporters and therefore there will be no away sales at Pride Park Stadium on the day of the game. Tickets must be bought in advance from MK Dons.

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