Prior to Sullay Kaikai’s call-up to represent Sierra Leone, the MK Dons player secured all three points at the Wham Stadium with a composed finish to compliment a ‘strong performance’ from Mark Jackson’s men.
Recently, the Dons secured back-to-back league victories, which rewarded them with six crucial points in their battle to remain within Sky Bet League One.
Following the Wham Stadium success, MK Dons have ascended above their recent opposition within the league table, and currently place on the upside of the drop zone. Sullay, who crafted the deciding goal within the clash, said “It was a strong performance from the team.
“I’m obviously pleased with the goal, but we defended really well throughout the 90 minutes. We set out with a plan, and we executed it, so we’re all really pleased.
“Coming to Accrington Stanley is always going to be scrappy, and I think we dealt with it well. There is a balance and I think we played some of our stuff at the right times – we’ve got our identity back a bit now. We know when to play, and when to go long.”
Kaikai set apart the two sides when his cut-back on Conor Grant’s pass through to him allowed the number 24 enough space to curl the ball underneath Toby Savin within the opening eight minutes.
Mark Jackson’s men did craft other opportunities through Jack Tucker whose headed attempt was cleared off the line and Max Dean, who had a one-on-one strike matched by Savin 70 minutes into the match. But ultimately, the defensive resilience from the travelling team ensured their triumph over the Reds.
“Leading up to the recent Cambridge game, it hit home.” The goal-scorer replied when asked about the back-to-back wins.
“As a group, we had a talk about where we want to be and what we need to do to achieve that. It’s brought the lads together and Jacko (Mark Jackson) has played a massive role in that.
“Now, we have the belief to go on and get the points that we need.”
Sullay Kaikai was called upon to represent his country, Sierra Leone, within their upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against Sao Tomé and Principe. As a result, the Leone Stars international will miss out on MK Dons’ upcoming Stadium MK clash against Morecambe.
Kaikai had this to say about the call-up “It’s annoying because I’ll miss the next game. But it’s always an honour to be called up for my country so I’m looking forward to it.”