Nicholls wants Dons' defence to put mistakes behind them

Lee Nicholls
Lee Nicholls

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls hopes MK Dons' mistake-riddled defending of late is a thing of the past.

Dons have picked up just two points from the last four games, conceding 11 goals along the way. Nicholls though has been an innocent by-stander for almost all of them too, a victim of individual errors in the defence leaving him all but helpless.

Far from pointing the finger though, Nicholls feels the players are facing up to their mistakes.

He said: "Mistakes happen. Everyone in the squad is big enough to hold their hands up when they make one. Obviously it's frustrating, for anyone, not just me, but the lads are strong enough to take responsibility. Mistakes are a part of the game, they happen. It's just about making it right now.

"We've got a good squad, and it's one that should be up there challenging. We have to pull together and make sure we do the right things.

"I'm confident in the boys in front of us. It's a good bunch and we've got good depth too. We've got to settle down now, come together, get back out on the pitch and put things right.

"I think there's a big performance coming soon, hopefully. I think we will kick on after that. But at the moment, we have to work hard in training to put things right."

Arguably, Nicholls has been Dons' most consistent player this season. Stepping into the number one spot with aplomb, Nicholls was modest when it came to speaking about his own form.

"It has been OK," he said. "There is still room for improvement, and I've been working since the beginning with Healdy (Paul Heald) to do that. It hurts, as a keeper, to concede one goal and we go into games wanting to keep clean sheets.

"It's about building and improving as a team to get us up the table and getting as near the top as possible."