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Jackson: Confident in our squad

Head Coach Mark Jackson reflects on the work done during the Transfer Window...

1 February 2023

Mark Jackson had his first taste of the Transfer Window this month and the MK Dons Head Coach believes his side has come through January in a stronger position – through both the work done on the training pitch and in terms of recruitment.

The Dons made it five January signings with the addition of Anthony Stewart on Deadline Day, following on from the arrivals of Jonathan Leko, Max Dean, Paris Maghoma and Sullay Kaikai.

Reflecting on the work done this month, Head Coach Jackson told iFollow MK Dons: “I'm delighted with the signings that we've brought into the Club and I’m happy and confident in the players we've got now.

“We feel like we've got a good balance in key positions and the competition we now have enables us to push players to empty the tank, knowing that we've got ready replacements to come off of the bench and fill those roles for the remainder of the game.

“We’ve now got a squad of players that are beginning to get an understanding of how we want to play. We’re becoming more consistent in our actions and the players are working really hard towards that.

“I'm seeing that progress being made really quickly on the training ground. We’ve seen it in games too but now what we've got to try and do now is turn those positives into points and that's the focus that we’ve all got.

“That’s the focus that we’ll continue to drive with going forward for the rest of the season. I've got full belief we can do that.”

On his first experience of going through a transfer window, Jackson added: “The transfer window has been an eye opener for me. It’s been eventful but it's also been enjoyable.

“Me and Liam (Sweeting) have been working closely together for the whole window, along with a team of staff as well. I couldn't believe the amount of detail that the guys here go into when looking at the players and the amount of video that is watched.

“There is a real collaboration of ideas, bringing together all that information that is collected, and that has been impressive for me to see first-hand in my first window.”

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