Beating AFC outweighs the performance, says Dons boss Neilson

MK Dons celebrate their win over AFC W'don
MK Dons celebrate their win over AFC W'don

Robbie Neilson admitted his side's performance in the 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Friday was passable, but the magnitude of the victory was far more important.

Given the history and rivalry between the two clubs, Dons' first win at the Cherry Red Records Stadium will be one that will live long in the memories of the fans, with an own-goal and a Gboly Ariyibi strike in the first half wrapping up all three points, while Lee Nicholls saved a Lyle Taylor penalty in the second period.

Despite proving lethal in front of goal, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, the home side were very much in the ascendancy in the second half, and but for Nicholls' heroics, it could have been a different story.

A strong performance from the defence was a confidence booster, but overall, Neilson said the result outweighed the performance.

"Performance-wise it was OK," said Neilson. "In terms of the magnitude for the club and the travelling fans it was vast, especially given the disappointment of last year. Going there and getting that victory is huge, it brings us all together again and hopefully now we can start a bit of momentum.

"There was a good build-up to it and obvious a really good result. It was a nice few days. It's a huge three points for us, especially with the results on Saturday going our way.

"We've got a couple of games now, Northampton at home and Bury away, where we hope to get a few more points and get ourselves up that table."