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I think we were well worthy of our win and really should have gone on to make it a lot more comfortable

Gary Rowett
Gary Rowett gives his overall assessment of this afternoon's game…

“I thought we were unfortunate that we made a couple of stupid errors up at Sheffield Wednesday that didn’t help us and I wanted a reaction.

“I think off the back of winning the last home game against Cardiff, and having a bit of a break, certainly it gave us a bit of extra confidence.

“We moved the ball around really, really well and created numerous chances. We hit the bar and the post and should have had a penalty.

“I think we were well worthy of our win and really should have gone on to make it a lot more comfortable.”

Gary Rowett on whether he was concerned that the goal might not come…

“No, I was quite confident at that point that we would score because we had so many chances.

“Having Clayton Donaldson back was a massive lift for us. I thought Jon Toral was really good today, he played with lots of quality, and Jacques Maghoma was brilliant as well.

“I think those three were very difficult for MK Dons to handle.

“And as we know, we come strong into games and they (MK Dons) died with 15 or 20 minutes to go.

“I knew if we could get to that period, we had the likes of Dimmy (Demarai Gray) to bring on the pitch, I was fairly comfortable, such was the performance.

“But it was nice to see the goal go in”

Gary Rowett on Jacques Maghoma’s winning strike…

“It was a magnificent goal.

“Maikel (Kieftenbeld) won a brilliant tackle on the edge of the box first – he won an awful lot of tackles today, he was excellent alongside Glees (Stephen Gleeson).

“The ball went out to Mags (Jacques Maghoma) and at one point I think he chops first, a little Cruyff turn inside, Jon Toral is stood on the edge of the box and I could hear one or two of the staff screaming for him to pass it to Jon, which looked like the obvious thing.

“I’ve looked at it again and there were five defenders between him and the goal and as he Cruyff turns it again all five players go the wrong way, plus half the Tilton end!

“And he hits a great finish, which I think he’s deserved.

“I thought he was our best player up at Sheffield Wednesday in a poor performance and I think that’s his first goal at home.

“He was excellent today and really lit the place up at times with his individual skill.”

Gary Rowett on Viv Solomon-Otabor’s first start for Blues (in place of Demarai Gray)…

“I thought Viv looked a little bit nervous, which is understandable, but he’s worked hard in the second-half and contributed to some of the moments and certainly the performance.

“Demarai was a little bit tired and with January coming up, certainly we’ve got to look at one or two players as well.

“Viv has deserved his opportunity. Every time he comes on the pitch, he does what we ask him to do; he stays wide, he crosses the ball, he gets into good positions.

“He is the same age as Demarai, he’s done well and sometimes you have to chuck them in to see how they fare.

“I spoke to Dimmy after the Sheffield Wednesday game. I think he lost their full-back for the first goal and a couple of times (Jack) Hunt ran off, so I just felt he could do that a little bit better.

“But, no, we wanted some freshness. We were quite fortunate that we had bodies in other areas but we only really had Viv as the one fresh winger.

“I had to make a decision and he (Gray) had a bit of a migraine yesterday and this morning. He wasn’t going to start the game anyway, but it certainly made the decision a lot easier.”

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