MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale was left to lament moments at either end going against his side as they drew with Port Vale.

The Dons manager spoke after a 1-1 draw at home to the midtable Valiants, which saw the home side drop out of the top 3 with two games remaining.

Speaking after the game, Tisdale was left to lament a few great chances not going in at the end of the match, and what he felt to be a very cheaply conceded goal just after half-time.

He said, “Whatever we say about the performance, we had Aneke’s chance and the penalty. The one-on-one with Chuks at the end was big. We missed our chances but I’m disappointed a bit with the goal we conceded just after half-time. It was a real lacklustre few minutes after half-time and we can’t afford that to happen again.”

Tisdale was also left to feel like the team lacked momentum in the final part of the contest, with the boss feeling they lacked intensity in the final stages.

He said, “It is what it is – we’ve drawn the game. We tried really hard. I’d have liked for us to play better in the last fifteen minutes. We sort of lost our rhythm at the end when I was hoping for a big push and it sort of petered away. But until then we had our chances, and I’m disappointed with the goal we conceded.”

The Dons face two big matches at the end of the season, as they face play-off hopefuls Colchester United and a final day game against direct automatic promotion rivals Mansfield Town.

After the draw with Vale, Tisdale said it would not be an easy end to the campaign that promises more twists and turns, but that he was looking for the team to rise to the challenge.

He said, “We aren’t expecting anyone just to hand it to us. Nothing’s easy. We’ve got a real challenge ahead of us but we’re in with a shout with two games to go. Its going to be really a tight, exciting, anxious and challenging last couple of weeks. Its going to twist and turn. On Friday we were really pleased and today, not so, but we’ve just got to go again.

“As it stands, we hope it goes to the wire. We’ve got Colchester next and its one game at a time. We have to take that game in the right way.”