MK Dons slumped to the bottom of League One with a disappointing defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park yesterday.
The home side got off to a great start when captain Tom Naylor, frozen out by Kenny Jackett at the end of last season, nodded home in the opening minute. However, the visitors were handed the chance to equalise 11 minutes later after Louis Thompson was fouled by Bryn Morris.
Scott Fraser converted from 12 yards to restore parity, but only for a short period of time. Pompey were back in front 11 minutes later after Geroge Williams fouled Sean Raggett in the box, with Ellis Harrison converting from the spot. Some MK fans seem to think it was a soft penalty, but on watching it again they can have few complaints.
MK Dons were desperately unlucky late in the game, Pompey goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray pulling off a series of good stops as they tried, but failed to find an equaliser.
Russell Martin pulled few punches after the game, saying “I’m fed up with being angry. I’m really hurt by us keep losing. Teams are working harder to stop us but we’re putting ourselves into a position we fought so hard to get out of last season. We’ve dominated, we’ve been the better team but we haven’t won.
“We gave them a headstart, got back in it and gave away a penalty. I’m not sure about the decision but we gave them the chance to do it. We had 19 shots away from home, eight in the box, numerous on target, but we give away two shots on target and concede two. I don’t understand it.”
His honest assessment of the game left these fans impressed in part, as he didn’t hide behind excuses, but also has then asking where the team goes from here.
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At least he never sugarcoats it. Dominant but 2 mistakes cost us 2 goals. Disappointed but no time to sulk, Gillingham next week will be very difficult. Can’t afford to lose
— markl (@mark_l04) October 10, 2020
Honest, passionate and full of heart. A manager who wants his team to do their best, who believes in his team.
Fix the silly mistakes, put the ball in the net.
— Always a Goodie (@BenWery) October 10, 2020
Chin up Russ it’s coming, and when it does watch out league 1
— bberryuk (@mark_blubeberry) October 10, 2020
Winkelman out – it is not Martins fault that he has been appointed with limited ability to manage, that rests with the owner who has consistently appointed the wrong type of Manager.
— Alan Papworth (@mirror4) October 10, 2020
Totally agree and feel his pain 👏👏 #COYDS
— Junglecad (@junglecad) October 10, 2020
Don’t worry Russ, a massive win is coming, excited by the Jerome signing, he’s scored more goals in the top flight than Healey 🙄
— jimmyjames (@jjeightzero) October 10, 2020
Definitely a penalty though Williams manhandled the bloke then throw him on the ground, it's annoying cause we played well, i would be worried if we put in a performance like we did against Crewe.
— Ian Smith (@IanSmit89787972) October 10, 2020