MK Dons manager Russell Martin was happy for his players and staff as they picked up a first win under his management by seeing off Coventry City.
The Dons’ boss spoke after his team won 2-0 against the Sky Blues at stadium mk. Second half goals from Kieran Agard and Joe Mason did the trick as the Dons picked up a first win since beating the Fulham U21s in the same competition in early October.
Speaking to the media afterwards, Martin said it felt good for the team to get off the mark.
He said, “It feels good. I’m delighted for the players more than myself because I think they deserve that after the work they’ve put in over the last few week. We’ve been on the receiving end of some unfortunate results in the last couple of weeks, so I’m pleased for them and for us as staff as we’ve seen plenty of things transferred from training to games.”
Martin was pleased at his players’ adaptability, highlighting that the side changed their style in the second period in response to Coventry’s play.
He said, “The second half pleased me most. In the first half, we weren’t poor but we didn’t get going. We had a few good passages of play but gave away too many chances, so we made a few tweaks to our possession that worked really well. Credit to the boys and the control in the second half. We need to get used to teams coming here trying to stop us playing if we’re going to play this way, and in the second half, we did that.”
When asked about his playing style, Martin said that the team was showing potential at reworking their play to fit their new approach, and that everyone was committed to adopting the desired style.
He said, “I’m all in on the way we’re playing. We’ve agreed on it as staff and players, and they want to play it. If they want to feel like they did in the first half against Rotherham and the second half tonight, we’re going to have keep working on improving it. We’re not going to just have one way – we need other ways, but with the quality of players we’ve got, we can play that way. Its just about getting a performance to control games.
“We want to feel good about ourselves and it starts tonight with us winning games. I genuinely believe that’s the way we can move up this league and if we do it well, teams will find it hard to play against us. We need to be good both in and out of possession, but we’re all in on the style and hopefully fans will see it pay off.”
With Saturday seeing MK Dons return to league action with a trip to face Doncaster Rovers, Martin said the team would look to build on the positives of finally ending their duck.
He said, “Hopefully it gets us off and rolling again. We just keep building and now we keep improving, and its all about us and what we can do. We’ll go with that approach again at Doncaster, and we’re already watching the game back to see positives and what needs work, and then we’ll do a debrief and move forward.”