MK Dons defender Scott Wootton felt frustration after an early sending off helped decide their game against Bradford City.
The defender spoke after a 4-1 home defeat against the Bantams. The Dons did provide some problems for the visitors, but the early dismissal of Aaron Tshibola and goals in quick succession from Romain Vincelot and Charlie Wyke set up the Dons for a disappointing afternoon.
The centre-back said that while there were positives, the match was a frustrating way to end the Dons’ unbeaten streak.
He said, “The positives we’ve got to take is that still at 10 v 11, we caused them problems. Who knows – 11 v 11, it could’ve been a tighter game.
“Its massively frustrating. We came into the game on really good form with 3 clean sheets on the bounce and 10 points out of 12. Obviously, its disappointing to go away being beat 4-1 at home.”
Despite the contest being changed by the quickfire dismissal, Wootton felt MK Dons posed Bradford problems, particularly after Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s goal in first half added time. But the defender then also felt that the third goal proved pivotal in allowing Bradford to cruise to the points.
He said, “Its always difficult to play pretty much the whole game 10 v 11, and it was a blow for us. We dug in fairly well but the third goal killed us. Getting a goal before half-time took a little out of them and gave us something to go for, and the longer we kept it at one goal, it created a bit of nervousness with them.
“We thought the third was offside, but maybe not, but it killed us. I thought we put in a good fight for an hour, but the third puts them back to two goals and cruising.”
In terms of the red itself, Wootton said that the team accepted, and Tshibola would have to learn from such mistakes.
He said, “He was the last man. There’s no complaints from us about it, and he’ll know he has to do better. He’s made a mistake and paid the ultimate price for it.”