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Grayson: Milton Keynes play football that’s certainly good on the eye

29 April 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon ahead of Fleetwood Town’s clash with MK Dons in Sky Bet League One.

Grayson will be looking to finish off the home campaign with a positive result as the side welcome the Dons on Saturday afternoon. With the Burton result now behind the side, they can look forward to the game and try to get back to winning ways at Highbury.

Here’s what Simon had to say in his pre-match press conference:

On the game…

“It’s going to be a different proposition than Tuesday - they are a possession-based team, which is different to Burton who were more direct. They are going to try and suck you in and rotate around the thirds.

“People were telling me how they play football that’s good on the eye, but potentially how they were vulnerable to making the pitch open and you’ll have the ability to create chances against them. The preparation that we’ve been working on has certainly been along those lines.

“They have very talented footballers, who certainly took their chances against Swindon last week, as it was three or four goals at half-time, winning the game with five at the end. It shows you that if you aren’t at it at any time, you can come unstuck.

On the rest of the season…

“We have to make sure that we are hard to play against, get on the ball, and cause them problems so that we respond to the last result.

“We don’t want our season to whimper out. It’s something that you always put on your players and after games, you sometimes see whether the players are going through the motions, going for tackles and playing passes. On Tuesday night, I really do think they were having a go.

“At this stage of the season, you get a lot of crazy results, for all kinds of reasons. A point can either keep you up or put you closer to the playoffs so teams are going for it and ridiculous results can come from that.”

On Will Grigg’s impact…

“I think he’s proved over the years that he’s a good goal scorer. He’s gone to a familiar place in January and in the last game, picked up four goals. One was a penalty, and all the others were around the six-yard box, so we will have to be aware of that.

“We will have to defend our box really well and we have to make sure that we are alert. We can’t let it drop to strikers in any game that you play in because more times than not, they end up in the back of your net. We are certainly aware of him, and the other quality players they’ve got as well.

“We are respectful as he is a good player with others of that quality around him who are creating the chances for him. We will have to look at stopping the source as if we do so, it will limit his opportunities in the game.”

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