MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale praised his players for meeting the challenge of Lincoln City at stadium mk.

The Dons manager spoke after goals from Callum Brittain and George Williams helped his side see off Lincoln, who enjoyed the bulk of possession and chances.

Tisdale described the contest as a big challenge against a side he felt played better, and in turn praised his side for keeping out their opposition.

He said, “It was a big challenge for us today and a great result, so we’re delighted.

“It was a real challenge for us because they are a very good team who have consistently developed and improved, and were at the top of their game tonight. In many ways, they played a better game than us. But we got two goals, only conceded one, showed a lot of guts and effort at the end, and they couldn’t break us down.

“I’m delighted with the players. It was a really big win for us. We’re a game behind in this league programme and every time we play, it almost feels like catch-up, so to get 6 points now on the board is really important.”

“It was really important for us to hang on, and we did it. They hit the crossbar with a loopy header at the end. I wasn’t sure if it was going in but you could see all along it was gonna be high and loopy. But the rest of time, we defended well and the players tried their socks off. Substitutions were a challenge as they were all working hard.

“I also have to say the crowd were brilliant in the last 10 minutes – they were fantastic.”

With both goals coming from their full-backs, Tisdale said an attacking contribution from these players was desired and that he was happy to see this taken, even if Williams’ goal was more inadvertent.

He said, “I think we are trying to develop, and a part of that is gleaming goals from all areas. Today, we challenged our wing backs to do their bit. Its not just our forwards – the way we play, our wing-backs need to. There’s parts of our game that need a lot of improvement, which starts with me, and we’ll be working our socks off to do that.

“They did what I asked them to do in that respect with the two goals. So thank you to Callum and George for it – George, just about. I didn’t know George had scored – I thought it was Jordan Bowery at first! But he was on the end of his cross and he did his job.”