Whole team effort delights Russell Martin in MK Dons win

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    Milton Keynes Dons manager Russell Martin was pleased with the whole team effort his side showed to claim all three points against Portsmouth.

    The Dons have seen plenty of changes throughout the 2020/21 season, and results have sometimes come as a result of some superb individual performances, but the 1-0 home victory over Portsmouth on Saturday had every player in sync.

    A well-worked effort from all 11 players out on the pitch ensured the Dons held onto their slim lead and were in fact unfortunate not to add a few more, with chances cleared off the line and a penalty call waved off before Scott Fraser netted his 12th league goal of the season from the spot.

    That showing clearly impressed the manager, who believes the team has struggled with consistency at times throughout the year, but could see that every one of his players did their job well when called upon in this match.

    Speaking of the performance in his post-match press conference, Martin explained: "That's what you need if you're going to improve consistently every week."

    "I think that's probably the word we've lacked a little this year, consistency, because of the amount of young players we have, the amount of change we've had."

    "You want some consistency, and you need, seven, eight, nine players every single week, you can't carry too many and today we didn't carry anyone."

    He continued: "I thought they were all brilliant, but you're spot on. When Fish was needed, and it wasn't a lot, he did his job."

    "The back three, we spoke to them before the game about being really dominant in their role and what they need to do, and that they've got clarity in it, I thought they were brilliant."

    He concluded: "I'm really pleased with them and we're a young group and we need to keep growing."

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