MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale was left to lament a slow side and a lapse in concentration after scoring as his side continued their poor form.
The Dons manager spoke after his side were beaten by Swindon Town at stadium mk. The result continues the Dons’ recent poor form, with the side having won only twice since mid-December and falling out of the play-offs after their latest reverse.
The home side began the contest slowly, with Swindon looking more comfortable on the ball in the early stages, and the Dons manager said the team needed more drive in the opening moments.
He said, “I’d like to see more drive in the first 20 minutes. They’ve got to channel their efforts in the right areas as we were waiting for things to happen.”
A fine goal from Jake Hesketh had brought the Dons level, but within seconds of the re-start, Swindon’s Keshi Anderson struck an impressive goal of his own to put the visitors back ahead.
Tisdale was left highly annoyed his team had contrived to throw away the advantage straight after seeming to re-assert themselves.
He said, “Its heart-breaking. We all know how it feels when you concede a goal when leading away from home. That next ten minutes was ours, and we gave it away in the space of 20 seconds. I’m not sure what I can do other than say that its happened and we cannot continue to make those mistakes.”
This was the second game in a row where MK Dons conceded three goals, and having seen recent games at Cheltenham and Bury also see three or more conceded, Tisdale said this is something the team had to put right.
He said, “We cannot concede three goals. Its becoming something that’s happened frequently and we’ve got to stop it happening.
“We’ve got to go again on Tuesday. All is not lost but we are so disappointed with our recent results. We have to again, show that fight again and pull ourselves back.”
Tisdale voiced frustration that the team were repeatedly caught on the counter, with one particular example being the penalty given that lead to Swindon’s third goal.
He said, “I’m disappointed we got caught on the counter as we spoke about it many times before the game. That’s something I’d like to concentrate on. Whether the ref gives a penalty or not, what can I do.”
After recent poor results, Tisdale said the team had shown potential to try and mix things up.
He said, “We had fight in us today and we’ve had a run of results which means that maybe we do have to mix our game up and have some energy that turns a game and pushes the opposition. We tried to do that today. They are all trying so hard, but when you get in a run, confidence goes a bit.
“We’ve got to now show some extra dimension in our play. Its possible. But today hurts. And well done to Swindon – they played really well and like a lot of teams recently, they’ve come with a specific focus that they’ve delivered on.”