Neilson wants 'new manager syndrome' to continue

Dons boss Robbie Neilson hopes his side can continue to pick up momentum after beating AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Monday, 12th December 2016, 4:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:37 pm
Robbie Neilson

It was not only Neilson's first victory since taking over at the helm, but his first appearance at Stadium MK, and the club's first league win at home since March. It was also the first time the club have won back-to-back league games since they won promotion in May 2015.

A new manager often brings about a new lease of life among players and it was certainly evident on Saturday, but Neilson hopes his side can continue to build momentum.

"(Saturday) was a great victory, having not won at home since March and against rivals, it was a great result," he said. "The work rate and the resilience they showed was excellent.

"Some of the players told me they'd been in positions like this before this season, and let it slip. Hopefully this builds a bit of resilience and belief that they can hold out.

"When you come in as a head coach or manager, you want to get that initial lift and get the players on side. We've tried to make the training intensive and tough, getting them ready for these games. They're buying in to what we do.

"There will be ups and downs during the season as we get them to where we want them to, that will take time. But if we work hard every day, we'll get there. They're good players and they want to win and my job it to help them do that - it[s them that goes out and does it. We just give them the structure to do that."