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Preview: Gary Waddock on MK Dons game

20 September 2019

Pre-match thoughts from Gary Waddock ahead of Saturday's trip to Buckinghamshire to face MK Dons.

Blues are without a win this season, but Waddock was not pointing the finger at anyone following Tuesday's defeat to Shrewsbury Town, instead insisting that collectively Blues need to minimise the mistakes.

Here's what he had to say at Thursday's pre-match press conference.

On the problems with conceding too many goals at the moment…

In the last two games we’ve got six goals, picked up one point but on the flip side of that we have conceded seven which is obviously very disappointing. You have to be able to defend, you have to have a solid base and mistakes have cost us dear on Tuesday evening.

On if a change of formation may help the defence…

It’s individual mistakes so you can change the formation as much as you like your still going to make mistakes in whatever formation you use. You just have to be responsible for your actions and make sure you limit the mistakes and give ourselves a chance in the game. Football is about mistakes and the opposition capitalise on that and its costing us dear, so we’ve got to try and take them out of our game then concentrate more on what we have been doing on the top end of the pitch.

On McLaughlin rewarding his faith in the last two games…

He’s done well, I’m really pleased for him and obviously getting on the scoresheet as well, he will be as frustrated as anybody else as well with the goals we have conceded. It’s about the group collectively. We have to make sure we improve in that area, it’s not just point a finger at one individual or the back four or anything like that, it’s about the whole group. We have to be more solid, more resilient and make sure that we give ourselves a base.

On learning lessons from the Carabao Cup defeat to MK Dons…

I think so, the first half was a difficult game for us but we made one or two changes at half time and then we were more in the game which caused them problems. They move their formations round quite a lot. We will set our stall out to go and put in a positive performance and try to get that result.

On if it makes things harder when it’s a different mistake each time…

It makes it harder but I’m not blaming the players, the players make mistakes, everybody makes mistakes in their life and unfortunately footballers make mistakes on the pitch in front of supporters and it costs you dear. There will be mistakes on Saturday for sure, but we have to make sure they are further away from our goal and less risk in our defending third.

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