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A great point, should have been three

13 January 2013

Kevin Blackwell reflects on the 1-1 draw at MK Dons

‘That was a great point, especially with all the absences that we had.  You ask people to go to the well and give us everything that they have got, but we were very well organised at MK Dons.  We went with a game plan and we knew that if we tried match them they would damage us.  To be fair, they are better on the ball than we are.  We conceded their half of the pitch and played it from there, and to be fair to the lads they did it very well.

I asked David Worrall to play at right back, and apart from the goal, he did it very well.  He dived in on Bowditch and he knew he shouldn’t have done, but after that I thought he was superb, but as I have said on many occasions, since I came in the players have been brilliant for me.  It’s frustrating that they haven’t got the rewards that they deserve.

On Saturday MK Dons dominated possession, but we let them have that possession, it was possession that we gave to them, but again we’ve had some chances and I thought we were thoroughly professional.

It was great to see Steven Schumacher get that goal on his 100th league appearance for the club and I am thinking that those that have seen the goal know that it was top quality.  They will be talking about that later on the TV.  He kept it under control and put it in the top corner.  That’s the capability of Schuey and to be fair to him, he has scored a lot of goals for us this season and we are thankful that he has done that.

It’s eleven without a win, but you can talk about statistics all you like.  Anyone that has been watching us play knows that we deserve better, even gain on Saturday.  We have to keep performing like this and that’s all we can ask for.  It might be eleven without a win, but there are a lot of those games without a defeat as well.

I’m hoping now that once the embargo is moved that we have some room to manoeuvre.  André Jones and Troy Hewitt have both been out with sickness and diarrhoea this week.  We gave them both a fitness test on Thursday and they couldn’t complete it, they didn’t have the energy.  To me they are still carrying it and to me we dare not have them on the bus.  We cannot afford any of them to go down with this virus.

David Healy has a groin strain so that ruled him out, that left us today with young Dibble on the bench along with the three lads.  Andy Bishop is training and I am hopeful that we might see something of him next week.  At the moment, we need everyone that we can get.  We’ve been without Bish a long time and we have to make sure that he is fit.

We have a 19 game run in and we have to make sure that we have as many players as fit as possible and able to contributre to the team.  You know what I need to do, I know what I need to do but at the moment we can’t do anything because of this embargo.  Hands are tied and there is nothing that we can do, we just have to wait and hope that it will drop in at some point.

As a manager I was asked to come in and keep this club in this league, and what I am trying to is make sure that we compete and that tactically we are better than them.  ON Saturday we out fought them and that brought us a lot of joy.  MK Dons came to Gigg Lane and destroyed us. That performance on Saturday could have been an opposite turn around.  I accept that they had possession, but that was possession that we gave them.  Tactically we knew what we were doing, tactically they were brilliant and we had chance after chance.

Anyone that watches us will tell you that we are a good team.  This is a team that shouldn’t be where it is, but it is.  If it can go wrong, it does seem to go wrong.  I can’t complain about the effort and the commitment from the players.  We had a game plan and they stuck to it.  If we keep doing this, somebody has to look down on these lads and give them a little bit of luck, because they deserve it.’

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