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Pre MK Dons | Matt Pennington

7 October 2022

Matthew Pennington spoke to the press ahead to tomorrow's game at home to MK Dons.

Pennington, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, has featured in every league game for Town this season, playing as a right-sided centre-back or right-back.

The 28-year-old and his teammates are looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they welcome MK Dons to the Meadow.

Town fell to a disappointing defeat against Cheltenham Town last time out, losing 2-0 at Whaddon Road.

Pennington discussed the two fixtures and his side's versatility in the build-up to tomorrow's clash.


"We have been working hard this week, we have been working hard on the training pitch following a disappointing weekend. 

"We weren’t good enough last weekend, it was a scrappy game and we came out with a 2-0 defeat. 

"We have worked hard and we’re looking forward to this weekend."


"We didn’t want them to (affect the game). There were different things, Shipperz (Jordan Shipley) having to leave with his partner giving birth for example. 

"Those sorts of things happen and we wanted to react and start the game well and show that it didn’t affect us. But that didn’t happen at the weekend.  

"We have got this weekend to bounce back and put things right because that’s all we can do now."


"The gaffer likes versatile players, he likes to be able to change systems and I think that’s really important. 

"It’s a squad game. It’s a long season with a lot of games and we need everyone to play their part. 

"If people can play different positions, that helps the team and squad going forward because we are going to get injuries and we are going to get suspensions. 

"There are going to be different situations that come at us – it's how we react and how we move forward. 

"The squad is tight-knit. There is a togetherness and we know each other well. Anyone is only ever one step away from playing in the team even if they are not in the team at the moment. 

"You are always in or about the starting XI so everyone is on their toes ready to play."


"We need to adapt and we need to change in games. There are certain situations you find yourself in and you need to change things up. 

"Depending on how other teams set up, you need to be able to counteract what they do. 

"That is something we work on throughout the week."


"It’s been a decent start. We could have done better in certain games, like last weekend. 

"And if we had we’d be in a different position entirely – but that is how things go. 

"I feel like we have not really taken those chances to go again which would have been great but we are where we are and this is now the time to react from the last game. 

"We know there are loads of areas where we can improve. That is what the manager is like and that is what he instills in us – to aim for the top. 

"Every team we play against, there is no reason why we can’t beat them. In this league, anyone can beat anyone and we have got a strong enough squad to compete. 

"That's why we are disappointed with some games, but there have been a lot of positive results as well."


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