Fraser substitution was down to 'performance and behaviour'

MK Dons 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 6:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th March 2021, 6:30 pm
Scott Fraser played for just 29 minutes against Doncaster

Russell Martin said taking off Scott Fraser after half an hour in the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers was not a tactical decision.

The Scot threw his water bottle across the empty Stadium MK stand when he took up his seat behind the dugout just 29 minutes into the game against Rovers, but was soon laughing with his team-mates on the bench.

Fraser, who has scored 11 goals for the club this season, watched on in the second half as Daniel Harvie's 76th minute strike earned Dons a fourth win in a row and moved them up to 12th in League One and just three points off the play-off spots.

Explaining the decision afterwards, Martin said the decision was made because of 'performance and behaviour' but he would not hold any issues on the day against Fraser going forwards.

"It wasn't tactical," he said. "He has been one of our best players, no doubt about it. We love him, he's been incredible. But there are certain guidelines to adhere to in terms of performance and behaviour. When they get a bit skewed, I didn't feel he could carry on so he came off.

"It won't be a big problem. He has a chance to react and be a part of the group now. It's not a big deal. We're both young and learning. It doesn't affect anything between us but today I felt it was the right decision."