Micciche accentuates the positives after cup exit

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2018 by PA

Micciche accentuates the positives after cup exit

MK Dons boss Dan Micciche admits restoring confidence is his first job at the League One strugglers after they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat at home to Coventry.

Micciche this week took over from Robbie Neilson, who was sacked with MK in the relegation zone, but Maxime Biamou’s second-half winner saw League Two Coventry cause a minor upset to seal a place in round five.

Former England U16 supremo Micciche is taking on his first managerial job in the Football League and insists there were positives despite losing to a lower-league outfit.

He said: “There were some promising signs from us. In the limited time we’ve had with them they’ve taken on board the things we’ve worked on but unfortunately we weren’t able to take our chances.

“The first goal was always going to be key and when they got in front they made it difficult because they’re an organised side – so we wish them luck in the next round.

“I think we’ve only scored 28 goals in 20 games so we’ll need to build that confidence back into the players. I know why we’re not creating and scoring as many goals as we’d like but I know we’ve got the right players at the club who are able to turn things around.

“There won’t be any knee-jerk reactions – I’m a very calm and considered coach and there were a lot of encouraging signs.

“All goals are disappointing to concede but of course we’ll have a look at it – the players are only human and these mistakes can happen to anyone.”

The winner came just after the hour as Ethan Ebanks-Landell failed to clear his lines and French forward Biamou gleefully poked in from close range to put 1987 winners Coventry into the fifth round for the first time in nine years.

Boss Mark Robins commended the almost 8,000 Sky Blues supporters that made the trip to Milton Keynes.

“Our fans deserve enormous credit because they’ve got behind the team and made it an unbelievable atmosphere,” he said.

“It’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from our supporters because they never let us down – it’s brilliant for everybody and you can see what it means to them.

“MK have changed their manager this week and they were full of life and moved the ball really well. They made us work and really graft.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be in the hat and that’s what we set out to do before the game – we were resilient and we’ve made it through.

“We’re in the hat and we can’t afford to be picking and choosing who we want in the next round. Of course we’d like to go somewhere with 70,000 fans but whoever we get our focus is going to be trying to progress again.”


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