MK Dons boss hoping to show progression against Doncaster Rovers

MK Dons boss Russell Martin says the opening day draw at Doncaster Rovers set the tone for the first half of the season for his side.

By Liam Hoden
Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:36 pm

But as the two sides prepare to meet again this weekend he is hoping the Dons show they have become much more adept at converting positive performances into wins.

Martin’s team dominated attacking play at the Keepmoat in September but needed to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw after Madger Gomes lashed in for Rovers.

In a similar vein, the Dons struggled for wins through the first half of the campaign despite being widely regarded as one of the best footballing sides in League One.

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MK Dons boss Russell Martin

Their win rate has improved since the turn of the year, and they head into this weekend’s clash with Rovers having triumphed in their last three, leaving them five points off the play-offs in 13th place.

Martin believes his side are much better placed now to make on-field dominance count, but also considers the draw at the Keepmoat to be a decent result with how Rovers have performed since.

"It was the story of our season, and we carried it on from there," he told the Milton Keynes Citizen.

"It was a frustrating way to start the season for us, but if you look at what Doncaster have gone on to do since, a lot of people will say it's a really good point.

“But it set the tone for us in terms of frustration.

"We should never have been 1-0 down, I think they only had one shot and all of a sudden we were fighting to get back into the game.

"We did that and then I think Carlton missed a really good header from about eight yards out and we could have won the game and probably should have.

“We really dominated, we were really good on the day, but that's how it went for us for six or seven games after that frustratingly for us.

“Performances got better and better, we just couldn't get results.

"Fortunately we've been able to match up with them later in the season."


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