"That's us," said Martin after Lincoln City draw

Dons boss lauds his side after a picking up an important point at Sincil Bank

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:44 pm
Russell Martin

Russell Martin said his side looked just as he had hoped in the opening and closing periods of their 1-1 draw against Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

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Though both sides had chances to snatch all three points, a draw was probably fair on reflection as Dons moved up to 18th in the table, climbing above Rochdale.

But after controlling the opening 20 minutes and the final 20 minutes of the game, Martin said his side are now looking like the finished product.

He said: "Those first 20 minutes and those last 20 minutes were us – that's what we need to be, our identity. Aggressive, intense and controlled. But I'm greedy, I want it all and I wanted to win the game.

"I'm delighted with our performance, I think we limited them to very little. They had a few chances which we gave them trying to play our way but I think we got better as the game went on. We were the better team over the course of the game, and we had three or four chances to win it.

"I'm coming to a tough place away in tough conditions with a difficult pitch and I'm a little disappointed not to have won. It's four unbeaten, it's eight points, it's two points per game. I'm really proud of them for that. We've got a little break now, we know what we need to work on, but we've put on a show like that while we're still a work in progress.

"We started brilliantly and I spoke to the players how important it was to start quickly. They're also a team in transition, and I have a lot of respect for the manager and what he's trying to do here, but it is different to what the crowd have been used to and they've got that same anxiety we had when we first started. I wanted us to pray on that, and we started excellently.

"It's just a shame we conceded when we did because we were really in control. If we could ride that out, it would have been different. I said if we scored first, we'd not lose the game."