Strikers need better chances, says Baldock

George Baldock
George Baldock

Dons have to create better chances for their strikers, said defender George Baldock after a third straight game without a goal.

Dons were beaten 1-0 by Fleetwood Town at Stadium MK on Saturday - their second defeat in three games - but once again there was a worrying lack of goal-scoring opportunities for the home side.

Aside from a Harvey Barnes strike hitting the bar early in the game, a handful of half-chances were all Dons could muster, as Uwe Rosler's side extended their undefeated run to 16 games thanks to Cian Bolger's header on the hour, while Dons dropped to 16th in the League 1 table.
Since boss Robbie Neilson's arrival at the club in December, Dons' defensive ailments appear to have succumbed, but having scored just once in their last four games, Baldock believes more needs to be done by the players to create better chances for the front men.

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He said: "We can't keep putting so much pressure on the strikers like we did earlier in the season when we were conceding two or three, and we've stopped that. But today we needed to give them better service. We all needed to chip in with the attacking side.

"We can't rely on keeping clean sheets to get something out of games every week, we have to get back to getting five past Northampton and four past Peterborough.

"We didn't create much, and I think it probably should have been a 0-0."

While Dons were shot-shy, Fleetwood too barely saw sight of goal in an uneventful game. Prior to Bolger's goal, they had two efforts cleared off the line from similar set pieces lofted into the penalty area, but barely tested David Martin otherwise.

Baldock continued: "We were no-where near our best today. It was a sloppy, cheap goal to give away which was so disappointing because we've shored up in recent weeks. We just have to put it right and go again next Saturday and get back to winning ways.

"I think we were the better side. Dave (Martin) hasn't had a lot to do - although we've cleared two off the line but they were from set plays. From open play, they haven't hurt us at all but we have to me more ruthless going the other way.

"We work hard in the week to work on set plays, but we made a little error and they punished us. They could have punished us before too, but we need to rectify that."

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