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MATCH PREVIEW | Cox previews MK Dons

20 October 2016

Blues striker looking to maintain current form this weekend at Stadium MK...

Simon Cox says Blues can’t allow themselves to drop below the standard they have set in recent weeks in order to continue moving up the table.

Tuesday night’s draw with high-flying Bradford City will give the players a boost ahead of the visit to MK Dons this weekend.

Disappointing away form had been the big talking point going into that game and Cox knows much of the resilience shown in midweek will be asked of them again.

“I think we feel we are slowly getting there,” he said.

“The last two weeks has been very positive. Training has been at a high standard and as a team we’ve set a target now of the level we have to perform.

“If we can continue to do that we will start climbing that table.

“Looking at the last two games, 1-0 at home to Chesterfield three or four weeks ago we would have got deeper and deeper and inevitably conceded.

“Again on Tuesday night, we’ve gone 1-0 down and there’s not many times this year we’ve gone 1-0 down and got something from the game.

“You’ve seen in the last few weeks we’re working very hard off the ball and trying to win the second balls.”

The summer recruit has got himself back into the starting XI and believes he is forming a promising partnership with Nile Ranger.

“It’s going well at the moment,” Cox added. “Both of us are working hard.

“Obviously Nile has been trying to find his match sharpness, but with every game, and the longer he plays, that will come. It [the partnership] seems to be working well at the minute.

“He gives us an out ball as well. You can stick things up around his neck and he can get hold of it, whereas that’s not my game.

“Being able to come off and get involved in the play is more my game, so him being up there is allowing me to play my game.”

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