Keeping a clean sheet is 'next on the list' for Dons

It has been nine games since Dons have locked out a team

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:52 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:52 am
MK Dons have not kept a clean sheet since February 13

Clean sheets mean points, but it has been a long time since MK Dons have managed to keep one.

Not since the win away at Hull on February 13 - nine games ago - have Dons walked away without conceding a goal, with individual errors rather than fundamentally bad defending costing them more often than not.

After a penalty with 15 minutes to go at Burton saw Dons come up short again in their quest for a lock-out, following Ethan Laird's foul on Tom Hamer, it added an air of nervousness for Russell Martin's side having looked so confident while giving the Brewers a sniff of an unlikely point.

"That clean sheet is coming," said defender Warren O'Hora, who scored the decisive goal at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday. "I hope it's coming, it should be coming, it's the next thing on the list for us.

"If we get the first goal, we settle down a bit. But we let them back in with the penalty but our performance on the whole was good."

Priding themselves on their control of possession, the game at Burton was as 'in control' as Dons could have asked for until they conceded. Their showing in the first half though, leading as they were through Scott Fraser's early penalty, had some Burton players arguing amongst themselves as they went in at the break, which brought a smiles to O'Hora's face.

He continued: "You want to get teams arguing with each other. The way we rotate and play, they get dizzy! When you hear then getting angry with each other behind you coming in at half time, it gives you a boost and you want to raise your game again. But that's the next level for us.

"We want those spells not just for a half but for 60, 70, 80 minutes after that and putting teams away. We're working hard towards that."