MK Dons boss Dan Micciche was left to lament his side’s failure to create chances in a tight match as his side were beaten by Bristol Rovers.
The Dons manager spoke to the media after his side were beaten 1-0 at stadium:mk. Ellis Harrison’s cross-shot moments after half-time proved to be the game’s deciding moment, and the Dons struggled to get back into the game as they suffered defeat.
The result means the Dons are still looking for their first League One win of 2018, and it left Micciche rueing a missed opportunity.
He said, “We’ve missed an opportunity to build on our results. We knew we had a golden opportunity in a home game against a mid-table team, and we missed it.
“We knew the first 15 minutes would be important against a team who travelled a long way this morning. Then they changed their team, which has happened again to us, and they got momentum. They ended the first half stronger, and then second half, its one shot but it goes on and it was a cross. We got into good places but our decision making let us down again.
“We’re getting into certain areas and our decision making its letting us down. We’re causing our own problems. Their goal came from us giving the ball away in midfield. The players know that in terms of how we want to play, we shouldn’t play the pass as it opens the pitch and opens us up to counter-attack, and its a frustrated dressing room.”
Looking at his games since taking over in mid-January, Micciche felt that the fine margins were going against him in a situation where he’s attempted to make wholesale changes.
He said, “At the end of the day, I’ve come in a difficult situation where we’ve tried to change the style of play. Every game has been tight. We’ve had Oldham, which was a lottery on an unplayable pitch, plus Portsmouth, where we should have won but lost with 30 seconds to go, a home game against a very good Charlton team, and 4 tough away games, plus we’ve had injuries as well. I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses but these are facts.
“Today was a tight game, with 50% possession to each team, two shots on target to three, and eight shots off target to ten. It was that tight against a mid-table team and who were full of confidence with a good way of playing.”
The MK Dons boss also felt the team had let down the supporters who helped the game go ahead in one of only 3 League One games to survive the recent snowy weather.
Fans were at stadium:mk early in the morning clearing snow from the stands, and Micciche felt the team’s desire to play the game ultimately failed to translate into the game itself.
He said, “We’ve let them down today. A lot of supporters came here this morning to clear the stands, and the players were aware of that before the game because we owed the supporters – even moreso as they got the game on. I feel we’ve let them down today. We were desperate to get the game on today as we had an opportunity to build on last week, and the players have felt good after a few days off and 3 good days of training.
“I felt the players who played last week deserved to stay in, but that 20-25 minutes in the first half saw us lose control of the team, and we then didn’t do well enough in the final third.”