MK Dons Head Coach Mike Williamson praised the way his team developed into the game to beat Accrington Stanley.
The Dons’ boss spoke after a 2-1 win at Stadium MK, in which his side scored two goals in the final 20 minutes to come from behind to win and take the points.
Williamson said he felt the team had struggled to get going for most of the opening 70 minutes or so, but that when they got going, they were able to
He said, “That’s what its all about. I felt the game started in a strange manner. It was really quite slow & lethargic and it took us half an hour to get going, then I think you can see the ball speed increase and the intensity rise without creating any real clear cut opportunities. Obviously, Kemp’s goal which was deemed to have already crossed the line when it’s crossed in, but I can’t really think of many other chances.
“But we knew it was going to be so difficult playing Accy – they’ve got good players, go toe-to-toe man-for-man and are really good at what they do. We just had to hang in there, ride the storm, improve our transitions and second balls, and the quality improved in the second half, and we found a way.”
Williamson praised the work of Ellis Harrison as a substitute but also praised Dan Kemp for his work in adapting to playing as a false 9 before the change.
The Dons’ boss also revealed that the team had endured a tricky week leading up to the game with lots of minor knocks and the late withdrawal of defender Warren O’Hora, but said that he was pleased the team were still displaying the togetherness required to win games.
He said, “Ellis has done really well each time he’s come on but I think it’s difficult to comment on the momentum of game and personnel. Kemp did brilliantly and ran his socks off and the way he used his body against a giant was good. The longer the game goes on, the more we tire the opposition out. We’ve had a few issues this week in terms of knocks and niggles and Woz (Warren O’Hora) was a late decision today for personal reasons, so you’ve just got to react to these things. But the way the boys fight and their togetherness is there for everyone to see, and I think that’s what really got us through in the end.”