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“We’ve got to end the losing streak”

12 January 2014

Dave Winfield confident there are better times ahead after MK Dons showcase

Dave Winfield believes Town should’ve made more of their chances in the 3-2 reverse at MK Dons, but admitted that they need to tighten up after conceding three goals.

In recent matches creating chances have come at a premium, but Winfield was optimistic after Town opened up the MK backline on a number of occasions.

“The chances that we had we should be putting a number of them away,” said Winfield. 

“You can’t count them on one hand, the amount of chances we had, and they were all good chances to go and kick on in the game.

“To concede so early on was tough to come back from. Having said that there were periods in the game where we did very well again and periods where we were on top and should have put a few chances away so we’re gutted again.

“The last few games we’ve limited clubs to one or two shots on target and they’ve been forced to put them away. It was slightly different today where they’ve had more chances and that’s something we need to tighten up on.”

The defeat leaves Town loitering just two points above the League One drop zone, but Winfield isn’t worried as he believes a change in fortunes is just around the corner.

“I never personally look down. You’ve always got to be looking forward and looking ahead to the next game. It’s very tight and three points would take us back up there so we’ll stay positive, try and capitalise on the good play we had throughout the game and if we can stick the chances away then we’ll do very well.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, there’s no doubt in the gaffer’s mind, or the boys’ minds that we can improve. It’s not like we’ve played very badly the last five or six games and got absolutely peppered, because that’s not the case. The case is that we’ve done well and we know that our luck will change at some point.”

Looking ahead to welcoming Rotherham to the Greenhous Meadow next weekend, Winfield insists that the poor home form of late must, and will, change.

“We’ve got to end the losing streak. We’ve also got to make our home ground a hard place to go. Sometimes teams will look at results and come down and think that they can turn us over because we’ve had a few bad results but that won’t be the case from now until the end of the season.

“The general consensus is that we’ve got free week, and by that I mean that there’s no Tuesday game. We’ve got the whole week to prepare so Monday & Tuesday we’ll work hard, and I’m sure they’ll be some input on Rotherham. So we’ll try and snuff out their attacking threat and go forward from there.”

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