Date: 13th September 2006 at 5:41pm
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MK Dons boss Martin Allen praises his side despite losing 2-1 To Swindon Town at the County Ground last night.

‘I thought we played well, acquitted ourselves well against the top of the league team.

‘All the players gave everything they’ve got for the Club and that’s the number one fact for me – that everyone commits to the cause and the team and we certainly did that – they never had any shots at our goal in the second half apart from one penalty.

‘We were more than comfortable and playing away from home that’s important and then in the last twenty minutes we opened the game out, obviously, because we were losing and then we had quite a few half-chances but the stats will show, I think, that they didn’t have one shot.

‘Although they got a few crosses in they never looked dangerous we were more than comfortable and we were more than solid as a team. We’ve had one hour this morning to prepare, fitness tests galore, people playing not fully fit and it’s a patched up outfit and they’ve done us proud.’

‘They were hard to see from down here at the side of the pitch – it’s a better view up top.

‘The first one, not sure; the second one was a penalty I think but I’m not going to comment on the referee’s performance because I’ve been up to the Football Association enough times, I’ve had enough fines, but that was tough tonight.

‘He did handball it, the only thing he didn’t do was catch it so that was a definite penalty but, as I say, I can’t be dragged into that because I can’t keep going up to the Football Association for criticising openly referees.’

‘It was a fantastic goal – great header down from Clive and then a great finish and at that point, in those first twenty minutes, we were excellent and even after that they never really got near our goal, never really threatened.

‘There weren’t any moments where you thought ‘Oh my God!’, they had a lot of attacks but they weren’t getting anywhere near us and in the second half, as I said, they never had a shot at our goal.’

‘Well, you can take that thought away with you but we’ve got to keep out standards. I have a saying that I maintain, that you don’t pop the champagne when you win but you don’t pop the pills when you lose.

‘I do take it quite hard if we ever lose but you don’t get that commitment and passion and fire but tonight we showed plenty of that all round the team and the lads that came on all done well and you can’t knock them for that.

‘Perhaps just a little more quality in the final third, and belief, we would have won the game.’

‘It’s been like that all season. Even at the end they stayed there and clapped the team, but I know what its like supporting a team when you’ve paid your money

‘You go and see them and you want them to have a go and the Milton Keynes supporters know that our team has a go, they don’t lay down, they don’t fold, they’re not weak and if you pay your money, number one, that is what you want to see and that is what they get with these players we’ve got.’




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