Sunday, 4 December 2011

Two minutes with… MK Dons

Saturday saw us face MK Dons at home in the second round of the FA Cup. I think it’s fair to say when the draw was televised, nobody really wanted them – an easy tie would have been a bye to the third round when the Premiership and Championship teams join in. Dan (@MKdan08) came to the game and shares his post-match thoughts:
Barnet 1–3 MK Dons
(McLeod ’87 – Potter ’39, MacDonald ’78, Powell ’88)
Attendance 2,608 (away 912)
How did you get to the game?
I came via coach, which dropped us off at the pub next to the stadium.
What did you do pre-match?
I went to the pub for a quick drink before going into the ground where I watched the players warm-up; grabbing some food and a programme.
Where did you stand/sit in the ground?
I stood on the East Terrace, next to the food bar.
What did you make of the game?
The game was great: good possession at times from both sides, despite some sloppy play. It was really exciting with chances at both ends. The best team won though – if you don’t take your chances, you deserve to be punished.
Was the scoreline a fair reflection?
I suppose so as both teams had chances – Barnet didn’t take advantage of theirs, though.
Who, in your opinion, was man of the match?
I thought that Darren Potter for MK was man of the match – he scored a great goal, set up opportunities for the team and played a great passing game.
Who have you got next and how do you think you’ll get on?
It’s back to League games for us next weekend and we play Tranmere away. I reckon we’ll win, as they’re not doing too well at the moment. We have a good chance.

Thanks Dan

My final word:
It’s always disappointing to be dumped out of the Cup early on (particularly before the third round when the big teams join in!) and on a different day, we could have sneaked at least a draw. It’s fair to say that wasn’t our best performance of the season, and although once again we looked decent going forward, we didn’t take our chances. McLeod, in particular squandered countless chances, despite scoring our (consolation) goal. There’s no doubt he’s a quality player who will probably leave us shortly for a bigger, better club, but at times you have to question his decisions – he’s awful at one-on-ones and there were two chances in the game, where, had he squared it to another player, would have resulted in goals. It was great to see Ricky Holmes back after some time out and for me, Sam Deering played very well. There’s always next year…

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