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MANAGER'S VERDICT: MK DONS (A)

12 December 2020

BREWERS boss Jake Buxton was happy with his sides performance in today’s 1-1 draw away at MK Dons, despite failing to capitalise on a winning position for the third game running.

Colin Daniel gave the Brewers an early lead in the first half, but The Dons equalised in the second half after long periods of possession.

Buxton was happy though with how his side created chances throughout the game and with the team’s overall performance.

“To create the amount of opportunities that we did, from good shape and pressing to get after MK Dons, we’re disappointed not to get two goals, if not three,” said Buxton.

“As the game goes along, if you don’t get that second goal then you’re going to invite pressure. All in all I’m happy with the performance but we just need three points with the situation we’re in and today it’s another game, the same as the Shrewsbury game, the same as the Sunderland game, the same as the Crewe game, that we should have taken three points.

The Brewers squandered numerous chances in both halves and MK Dons equalised through a penalty that was converted by former Brewers player Scott Fraser. However, Buxton was still pleased with the effort that was shown by his side.

He said: “It’s very encouraging in terms of the performance - the lad’s application to doing their job was correct.

“They worked their socks off, with loads and loads of effort, loads of work rate and their attitude was correct, but we lacked a bit of quality in the final third.

“The formation and shape was correct and that’s why we’re getting results - ultimately we needed three points, but I’m still pleased.”

Buxton was also full of praise of his sides defensive work, after keeping the same back five for the last five league games. He said: “The back four and Kieran O’Hara deserved a clean sheet – the whole side are working hard to do so.

“Today I’ve got no problems, we just need to be a bit more clinical.”

Buxton says the squad will now turn their focus to another tough away trip to Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening and says that there may be some changes to his squad selection.

“We dust ourselves down and we get ready for Ipswich.

“I’ve told the squad that they will all be required between now and January. We have to make sure that if you want to start at this moment in time, then when you get your opportunity, you’re ready to take it."


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