'They didn't deserve to win': MK Dons boss Russell Martin rues costly mistake in defeat to Blackpool

MK Dons boss Russell Martin felt his side were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Blackpool at Stadium:MK last night.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 8:33 am

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Martin was left to rue a costly first-half defensive error from Harry Darling, one that was capitalised on by Jerry Yates - scoring for the 14th time this season.

The home side enjoyed 71 per cent of possession, but other than an Ethan Laird effort and a Cameron Jerome shot against the bar, they struggled to create many openings against a stubborn and well-organised Blackpool defence.

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"We didn't deserve that tonight," Martin told our sister paper, the MK Citizen.

"I'm really disappointed to concede in the manner we did.

"I think we had two massive chances, we were really dominant, gave them very little and it's unfortunate they scored from our mistake.

"On another night, Ethan (Laird) scored from five yards out in the first five minutes and it's a different game.

MK Dons boss Russell Martin

"We tweaked and adapted from Saturday, Blackpool are one of the best teams out of possession in the league but they never looked like threatening us in that sense.

"The only disappointment is that with so much of the ball, we didn't look threatening enough in the final third and that's down to a lack of confidence at the moment.

"On the whole, I'm pleased and it's much more positive than Saturday (3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic). They didn't deserve to win based off a mistake from one of our players."

MK Dons, who have now lost their last three games on the spin, are also winless in their last five outings.

Martin added: "It feels like the start of the season when we played well, dominated and limited them to two shots on target but end up losing.

"We came through that, we worked out different ways of doing things and we'll do that again. They're fast learners and they'll have to be because we have to start winning again.

"I want to win every game and get points on the board, and we don't want to get dragged into anything again. It's a really tough league."

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