Peter Shirtliff on the MK Dons defeat and his time as caretaker manager
“That was the worst performance since I have been here and it’s very disappointing. It was disappointing in every area; we were totally dominated for 90 minutes. MK Dons are a very good side and congratulations to them for their win, they played very well, but we have in no way done ourselves any justice at all on Saturday.
The lads need to improve in every department. MK Dons looked as though they wanted the ball more than we did, they were brighter than us and they showed more enthusiasm. I can’t believe I am saying that, but that’s what it looked like. They wanted to run moor. I keep saying it, but they have to roll their sleeves up and get on with it. It’s no use them saying it was his fault or not my fault, we just have to stick together and get out of this mess.
I changed the formation before the game because we have conceded on average two goals a game since the first game of the season. My thoughts were that we had to stop and arrest that problem; we can’t concede two goals every time. It doesn’t matter how it’s being conceded. On Tuesday we had two silly penalties and a stupid goal at the end, whatever we have played, we have conceded goals so I tried to stop it.
We were 1-0 down and I changed it just before half time. I thought if we get a bit more organised in the second half then we might do something, but they just ran riot, they totally out played us in every department.
The third and fourth goal were schoolboy stuff, it’s ridiculous and absolute give aways. Lenny did very well when he came on, David Worrall did all right when he came on and David Healy got 90 minutes. He will do ok after that, but he will be better for that.
There’s not a lot else I can call a positive form that. I feel sorry for Trevor Carson because he did have a good game, he made saves and to be fair, if it wasn’t for him, it could have been seven or eight.
The club are now looking to appoint a manager. I want to stay at this club because I enjoy it here. I want to stay here and work with the team. I know plenty of people in football and I’ve worked with plenty of people on football. I think I can work with most people. I work with people and get on with it and I am sure I can get on with whoever gets the job.
The squad needs a shake-up, whether we can get bodies into the club I don’t know. It needs a few changes. The players are better than Saturday’s performance; they have proved in the past that they can be better than that performance.
MK Dons are a good side and they did play very well. Teams can only play as well as the opposition allow and we did allow them to play well. We could have played any formation, I could have played five five and they would have still passed around us. They would have still beaten us. I could have parked the bus in front of the goal and they would still have scored.
Craig Jones has done well for us since he came in from the Welsh League. We missed him on Saturday but he has a hamstring strain. Hopefully he will be ok for next weekend.
Overall I am disappointed; we have played games where we should have had more points. It might have made it a different ball game, but that’s football, it’s not happened. We’ve not converted chances and we’ve given silly goals away. It becomes very difficult to win games when you don’t have a solid base to start with.”
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