Martin rues his side's missed chances after Blackpool defeat

MK Dons 0-1 Blackpool

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:42 pm
Will Grigg came close to converting after Cameron Jerome's effort hit the bar

Far from deserving to lose to Blackpool on Tuesday night, Russell Martin said his side should have won it after Ethan Laird and Cameron Jerome missed excellent chances at Stadium MK.

Laird blazed over the bar early on while Jerome thumped the bar in the second half as Dons fell to their third defeat in a row, thanks to Jerry Yates' first half strike for the Tangerines, capitalising on a Harry Darling slip.

In a game of few chances at

either end though, Martin was left to lament his side's best opportunities which went begging.

"We didn't deserve that tonight, I'm really disappointed to concede in that manner," he siad. "I think we had two massive chances, we were really dominant, gave them very little and it's unfortunate they scored from our mistake. On another night, Ethan scored from five yards out in the first five minutes and it's a different game.

"We tweaked and adapted from Saturday, Blackpool are one of the best teams out of possession in the league but they never looked like threatening us in that sense. The only disappointment is that with so much of the ball, we didn't look threatening enough in the final third. And that's a lack of confidence at the moment.

"On the whole, I'm pleased and it's much more positive than Saturday. They didn't deserve to win based off a mistake from one of our players."

Picking up just a point from a possible 15 now, Dons remain 16th in the table, and are 10 points above the drop zone with two more home games coming up in the next seven days.

The last time Dons went five in the league without a win was the opening five games of the season, and Martin likened their current run to that.

He said: "It feels like the start of the season when we played well, dominated and limited them to two shots on target but end up losing. We came through that, we worked out different ways of doing things and we'll do that again. They're fast learners and they'll have to be because we have to start winning again.

"I want to win every game and get points on the board, and we don't want to get dragged into anything again. It's a really tough league. Wigan beat Plymouth tonight – everyone is capable of beating anyone."