Dons got complacent at Huddersfield

Josh Murphy vs Derby
Josh Murphy vs Derby

Josh Murphy says MK Dons may have been over-confident going into the 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Following a swashbuckling display against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, which saw them come out 3-0 winners over the former Premier League champions, Dons were branded ‘rubbish’ by manager Karl Robinson for their performance at the John Smith’s Stadium three days later.

Murphy, on loan from Norwich for the season, accepted he and his team-mates fell well short of expectations against Huddersfield and says they have to bounce back in style against QPR.

“We’re all really disappointed in the dressing room,” he said. “We set ourselves high standards. We haven’t been getting results when we’ve been playing well.

“We played really well against Blackburn and picked up a great 3-0 win, but we came here and we were maybe a little bit complacent.

“I wasn’t happy with my own performance, and collectively, we none of us were happy especially the manager.

“Today wasn’t like a normal MK Dons team. We need to regroup. We’re not the type to dwell on results, we’re obviously gutted but we’re going to keep our heads up

“There’s another 30-odd games left, so we can’t be too down about today. Today just wasn’t good enough. It was a sucker punch. We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get some points away at QPR.

“We’ve got to bounce back on Saturday, and we’ll have to show everyone what we’re about.”

Many had Murphy down as the man of the match following his sparkling display against Blackburn, setting up two of the three goals and generally causing havoc every time he was on the ball.

And though his performance against Huddersfield was below par, he’s still enjoying his football of late but says he’d like to do more.

He said: “I’m loving my football at the moment. But you’re only as good as your last game, and I wasn’t good enough and on that basis I haven’t done well enough this week.

“Previously, I feel I’ve done OK.

“My aim was to come here, play games, set up goals and score them and hopefully I’m doing that.”