Rob wants to deck Dons’ Halls with positivity

MK Dons forward Rob Hall and Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn challenge for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Milton Keynes Dons at the City Ground, Nottingham, England on 19 December 2015. Photo by Aaron Lupton. PNL-151219-173727002
MK Dons forward Rob Hall and Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn challenge for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Milton Keynes Dons at the City Ground, Nottingham, England on 19 December 2015. Photo by Aaron Lupton. PNL-151219-173727002

Rob Hall says the MK Dons squad remain upbeat and positive of surviving their first season in the Championship despite picking up just three points in the last three matches.

Losing 2-1 on Saturday to Nottingham Forest followed a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last Tuesday night and a 1-0 loss to Ipswich seven days ago as Dons dropped to 21st in the Championship.

Arguably, Dons have warranted more from each of the games, but with no points awarded for good performances, find themselves just one point above the drop zone.

Hall though, along with his team-mates, remain in a positive frame of mind ahead of a busy Christmas period.

“It was frustrating but we’ve got to keep our heads up,” he said after the Forest defeat. “If we keep playing well and losing, it’s going to change. I’m 100 per cent convinced of it. We’re just not taking our chances and if we nip that in the bud, everything will be fine.

“If we were playing badly, I wouldn’t know what to say, but we’re in good spirits.

“We’ve lost, it’s not what we want to do, but we’re remaining positives. We’re still upbeat and hopefully on Boxing Day, we can turn it all around.”

Going 2-0 down to Forest after just 16 minutes thanks to goals from Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes, Dons edged their way back into the game. Though Oliveira hit the side netting and then the post, Dons were given a lifeline late on when Josh Murphy was bundled over in the box by Eric Lichaj.

Nicky Maynard missed the spot kick, but it sparked Dons into life and they pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go through Murphy.

After netting only his second goal since September on Tuesday night, Hall is backing Maynard to come good in front of goal.

He said: “Nicky is a grown man and a great professional. He has missed a penalty, but he’ll score the next one. The keeper saved it, it’s not like he missed it, so we’re not dwelling on it. We missed other chances too.

“Nicky has scored goals wherever he has gone. He was playing out of position at West Ham and still scoring. One he gets one, he’ll keep going and that’s what we need.”