Game ended too soon as Dons sought out a winner

Russell Martin felt his side would have completed their comeback against Shrewsbury had the game continued much longer.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 6:16 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th February 2020, 6:18 pm
Russell Martin

After Rhys Healey cancelled out Omar Beckles' 61st minute opener with 12 minutes to go, Dons had a plethora of chances to go on and snatch the win. Healey hit the bar, Sam Nombe the post, Alex Gilbey and Regan Poole fired just wide of Joe Murphy's goal as Dons looked to end their winless away run, which stretches back to September 14, 2019.

Martin praised his side's menatlity as they battled back from going a goal down, but felt they should have come away with all three points to their name.

He said: "There was only one team going to win the game in the end, looking at all the chances at the end. I felt it was coming, we believed we would win it, but it felt like the game ended two minutes too soon.

"We dominated in terms of chances, in terms of possession against a team not easy to play against. I'm pleased but disappointed not to get three points."

Beckles' goal came from an uncharacteristic error from Jordan Moore-Taylor, who allowed the ball to bounce over his head for Josh Laurent to nip in behind him, eventually teeing up Beckles to fire home.

But Dons were immediately on the front foot seeking out an equaliser, and got their reward 17 minutes later when Healey followed up Sam Nombe's strike to draw level.

"We conceded a poor goal, mistakes happen, but we bounced back really well from that," Martin continued. "And I think we looked like we could go on and win the game. It's not an easy place to come, in difficult conditions, and results went our way too. We have to be really satisfied with a point."

Now 10 points clear of the relegation zone, and with results going their way elsewhere, Dons remain 19th in the table but are now looking up the table rather than down it. Martin though is still not dismissing the threat of the drop.

He said: "I don't think we'll be comfortable until we're where we want to be but we've come a long way. We've still got a lot of improvements to make and that excites me. We're three unbeaten now and it's a chance to string some results together."