MK Dons midfielder Conor McGrandles felt the team were unlucky not to find an equaliser against Ipswich Town.
McGrandles, who was one of two former Norwich players to start against the Tractor Boys, said the team responded well to falling behind early on and to half-time tactical changes, but he also felt the team should’ve equalised.
He said, “They had a really good half where they played well and pressed us, but the manager made the right changes at half-time to change the game in our favour. We needed a goal so stuck more emphasis on attack, and with the chances in the second half, we probably should’ve nicked a point.”
MK Dons made a double change and further tactical alterations at the break, with McGrandles praising the manager’s work at preparing the team to adapt to new tactics.
He said, “The plan was always to win the game and score goals. I’m guessing the manager thought this was the best way to try and beat Ipswich, but to be fair to them, they played really well in the first half. So we needed to change something and it worked in the second half, but we just couldn’t get the goal.
“The manager sets you up to play different systems, likes players who can do that, and has brought loads of players in who can. He goes into so much detail, so you do know what you’re doing.”
Ipswich maintained an unbeaten record by winning at stadium mk, and McGrandles suggested Ipswich would feel like they’d been given a tough game.
He said, “They’re unbeaten so far in the league and not conceded many goals, and we’ve pushed them hard. They’ll probably come off thinking they’ve beaten a good team here.”
MK Dons’ next fixture is a home clash against Southend United, who are so far yet to win a point in League One, but McGrandles said the team couldn’t take anything lightly against the Shrimpers.
He said, “We need to try and put this behind us. Its another home game, which is really good as we’re strong here and we like playing here. Even though they’ve not got the results they want, we can’t take anything lightly and we’ll need to be on our game to get anything.”