MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale praised the adaptability of his team and backroom after their 2-0 win over Yeovil Town.
The Dons picked up a victory that took them back into the automatic promotion places, with goals from Ryan Harley and Chuks Aneke deciding their meeting with the struggling side from Somerset.
Speaking after the match, Tisdale said he had help from his backroom staff during the game to adjust in the wake of an early injury to Alex Gilbey, but praised the team in being able to work around it and find a solution while helping to keep Yeovil’s threats quiet.
He said, “I’d like to thank my colleagues on the bench. It doesn’t happen often but I did ask to try solve one or two conundrums for us. We’re having to adjust, but Matt, Danny and Mel helped me tremendously in terms of the game. Sometimes you just get addled. There was so much going on and at 1-0, you’ve got something to lose.
“Yeovil gave it a really good go and we minimised their opportunities, but at 1-0, you’re never safe. But I’m impressed with how the players adapted. Its not about how fit you are – its how adaptable and we were today. It was professional and we march on.”
Tisdale praised the efforts of the first goalscorer Harley, who has had a frustrating campaign with injury, but who played a key role in the game.
He said, “He’s a player we’ve missed a lot through injury. He’s had a large chunk out and played 4 or 5 reserve games recently, and he showed up today with a lovely finish.”
With injuries having affected the Dons’ selections in recent weeks, Tisdale highlighted that everyone had a role going forward, and praised the work of his subs to help change the match as it progressed.
He said, “Everyone’s got their part to play. The 3 substitutions made a big difference, with all those who came on contributing hugely. I can’t tell you what the team is going to be like in a week’s time – its changing every day.”
With Mansfield losing and Bury also failing to win, MK Dons moved back into third with victory, but Tisdale refused to get carried away as the season moves into its final 7 matches.
He said, “Last week I made the point there’ll be press conferences after matches between now the end of the season where you think you’ve blown it and you’re disappointed, but you haven’t, and there’ll be moments where you think you’ve done it and everything’s rosy, but you haven’t.
“We are looking at other results and are very aware of the league table, but we are careful to get to carried away. Its 3 points and there’s still 21 available to play for.”