Dons have to make their own luck amidst slump

MK Dons 0-1 Blackpool

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 7:00 am
MK Dons

"We have to make our own luck," said Russell Martin after his side failed to score for a second game on Tuesday night against Blackpool.

Ethan Laird missed a sitter from close range, while Cameron Jerome hit the bar in the second half as Blackpool snatched the win thanks to Jerry Yates' first-half goal, which only came as a result of Harry Darling's slip close to goal. The woodwork also denied Dons twice in the loss to Wigan on Saturday, with two penalty claims also waved away at the DW Stadium.

Midfielder Andrew Surman said: "Unfortunately, it goes like that – the ball goes the wrong side of the post or a defender gets a block in. Especially in the first half, we had so many opportunities, two glorious ones before they scored to put ourselves 1-0 up. And when we do go ahead in games, teams find it so hard to get the ball off us.

"If we can score first and cut out the mistakes, we'll be great."

Manager Martin meanwhile felt his side need to be more savvy and 'streetwise' when it comes to how they approach games at the moment.

He added: "We have to play with more confidence, more positivity and more aggression and devilment . Teams are more streetwise than us, we saw that at Gillingham and tonight too – they've got a lot of experience, the way they appeal for things. As much as it shouldn't, it does impact things.

"But if we keep playing like that, things will turn I'm sure of it."