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Glyn’s squad update as Dons seek to end the month on a high

Manager's update ahead of match at Milton Keynes

30 October 2020

Glyn Hodges said that Luke O’Neill is doubtful for the away match at Milton Keynes on Saturday.

O'Neill came off during the first-half of the midweek victory against Blackpool with an ankle injury, and he was replaced by Paul Kalambayi. Saturday's match is likely to come too soon for Jaakko Oksanen, who missed our last game after injuring his ankle at Burton Albion.

"We are not sure if Jaakko will be all right for the weekend," said Glyn. "Luke O’Neill twisted his ankle, so we are not quite sure on the extent of that injury as well. They are two players that I’m waiting for news on. There is no one else (doubtful) as they have all trained.”

The Dons have an opportunity on Saturday to end a very hectic October with a victory that would make it seven points out of the last nine - and a chance to move into the top-10 in the League One table.

Our manager has recently been putting the squad through their paces at Plough Lane ahead of Tuesday's first match at the new stadium, but he's keen to keep the players focused on Saturday's challenge.

“We have one eye on the future (with Plough Lane), but we went down there to focus purely on Saturday’s game. We have to focus 100 per cent on Saturday and we want to go into Tuesday on the back of a positive result.

“We have to improve on the performance on Tuesday night, that’s for sure. The good thing about Saturday and Tuesday was that we produced gritty performances and we got four points from them. You can’t play well all the time and it’s just about making sure that if you don’t play well you are still effective. It was fortunate that Blackpool went down to 10 men and we maybe got away with it a bit. It was a tense finish and that second goal would have settled us down, but we want to perform well in every game.

“They (Milton Keynes) were in the bottom three and now they have got themselves out of it. We played Burton and everyone thought we might walk all over them because they were bottom, but any team in this league can get back to back wins and go on a run. We are looking to do that, and we are expecting a hard game, as always in this league."

Ollie Palmer is pushing for more minutes after his first Dons appearance as a late substitute on Tuesday night and Glyn believes he will be a real asset when he's fully fit.

“He can finish, he has two good feet. He is good in the air, but he’s quite bright, his awareness is good. With his first couple of touches he put Shane in on the right side, but he sees things well, and the more minutes we get under his belt the better he will become."

Watch Rob Cornell's full interview with Glyn below and keep an eye out later for an interview with Ollie Palmer.

 


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