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Taylor discusses disappointment of Dons defeat

17 January 2016

Left-back reflects on a single-goal loss to MK Dons

“We’re very disappointed – after a very good result and performance on Tuesday against Derby, we felt we’ve let ourselves down, and the fans that have come to watch, by putting in a performance that we’re not happy with,” said Andrew Taylor after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons.

“That goes hand-in-hand with the result.  There are no easy games; just because MK Dons are down towards the bottom, we can’t expect an easy game. 

“We’ve got to be more consistent.  It was a good performance against Derby; against Huddersfield in the FA Cup it was a bit iffy, and against today in spells we were doing well, but on the whole we weren’t controlling the game well enough.  We need to do that sooner rather than later.”

The game didn’t see the teams having an abundance of chances – indeed the game’s only goal came in the final 15 minutes as Joe Walsh acrobatically hooked in when a corner wasn’t cleared effectively.

That was particularly frustrating for the defender – the score-line hinged on a single set-piece scenario.

“We don’t like to concede set-pieces and we’ve conceded a few lately,” Taylor continued.  “And on the flipside we’re not scoring them either, which is a major thing in this league. 

“A lot of games are won and lost by free-kicks and corners, so we need to stop them at one end and start scoring them at the other.

“But we didn’t control the game or play well enough.  Ultimately we should have won the game, but we didn’t.”

A terrific travelling contingent came to give their backing at stadium:mk – 2,901 were in the away end.  And Taylor hopes that the team can go some way to putting their shared disappointment to bed by getting the right result in the FA Cup third round replay against Huddersfield on Tuesday.

“One of the most disappointing things on our behalf is for the fans who came up in their numbers to support us.  You do lose games – that’s football – but the disappointing thing is the performance that we put in, because we know we can do better.

“Thankfully we have got a game in a couple of days’ time to do that.  It’s not nice to lose because you can dwell on it for a long time, so it’s a good thing that we’ve got a game coming so quickly to try and put things right.”

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