MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale felt his team’s Checkatrade Trophy win over Peterborough provided both an exciting match and a high quality opportunity to test his younger players.
The Dons manager spoke after seeing his team play out a lively Checkatrade Trophy match with Peterborough United. The clash ended 3-3 after normal time, with MK Dons eventually triumphing on penalty kicks.
Speaking of the game itself, he said, “It was a cracking game and it was fun. 6 goals, penalties, lots of young players and good stuff made for a good game and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
MK Dons had been 3-0 up at half-time, but a Peterborough come back took the game to a shootout. Tisdale felt this was part of football, but in turn that it would offer a good learning experience for his team to respond to.
He said, “Its a common discussion as to when one team is dominant in the first half, your viewer or commentator asks why they don’t just do it again. But the other manager and the opponents will have something to say about that. They went tougher, sharper and quicker to the front. It gave our players a real test.
“I know we were 3-1 up with ten minutes to go, but it shows how quickly one goal, but it just shows one goal becomes 2 very quickly. I thought it was a good learning experience for our players.”
Tisdale played younger players during the game as well, including a full debut for young scholar Charlie Pattison. But the manager was pleased by the intensity, as he saw two sides who belied the accumulated 19 changes to press hard.
He said, “I had no hesitation in putting youngsters on, such as Charlie Pattison as a scholar for his debut. I had no hesitation because its a really good learning process. This is a competition that has had a bad press at times, but it gives manager and clubs who want to blood their young players a really good opportunity to do so.
“It wasn’t a giveaway game – Steve Evans wanted a result and you could see his side responded to him. It was a thoroughly absorbing game.”
Two of the Dons’ 3 goals came from the returning Chuks Aneke, who made his first appearance of the season in any competition after a summer saga linking the attacker with an exit from the club.
Tisdale voiced that he was impressed with the player on his return to first team action.
He said, “Football moves on very quickly. You cannot close any door and there was a perfect opportunity for him to play tonight.
“Its now become a non-issue – the drama’s over, the window’s closed and he’s here. He’s listened and was receptive to what we spoke tonight, and put in a very good performance along with Rhys Healey and Ryan Watson in the positions behind him.
“Today, he scored two really good goals and came close to a third. For someone who hasn’t played in a while, he’s played 70 minutes and put his stamp on the game today.”