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It's all to play for, roars Iron boss
Published : 09 May 2009 08:40:37Rss feed
Martyn Woolford bundled the Johnstone's Paint Trophy runners-up into a 12th-minute lead at Glanford Park, only for Aaron Wilbraham to pull the visitors back into it with his 17th goal of the season. The Dons went on to enjoy the better of the clash and created the clearer chances, with Miguel Angel Llera and Sam Baldock both guilty of glaring misses for the visitors. But after seeing his side win 2-0 won at Stadium:MK earlier in the season, Adkins believes his charges can feel pleased with their efforts and look ahead with confidence as they now plan for next Friday's return leg. "It was entertaining for everybody," he said. "It was a good result from our point of view because we know we've got to go down there and win. It was a good competitive game. "We got on the front foot, played a high tempo, gave them problems and we've got to be pleased with that. "We're in the tie, that's what we wanted to do. They know that we've beaten them already this season with a really good performance so they know we can go down there and get a good result. And it's all to play for. "They had a couple of chances, we had a couple of chances, it was competitive... at the end of the day a result's a result, both teams are happy and it's a one-off game now down at their place. We know we can go there and win, they believe they can win. It's going to be exciting." Roberto Di Matteo was equally satisfied with his side's endeavours and was pleased with the patience they showed in coming back from a goal down. And the Italian also refused to criticise substitute Baldock for a glaring late miss, when he fired into the only covering defender in front of an open goal to waste the chance of giving his side the advantage. "I think it was a very exciting game," he said. "You look back and wish we'd scored with Sam because it was a great chance. But we have tried our best and if we don't score, we don't score. At least we create chances. "We always go out and try to win games and I think the whole team had a good game. Maybe one or two players didn't play as well as they can but generally we did pretty well. "We said to them to 'be patient. It's over 180 minutes, let's play our game and stick to our game plan' and that's what we did."