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Sol: "I Won't Be Giving Up"

11 March 2019

Sol was in a defiant mood after Saturday's defeat and insisted that so long as survival is still mathematically possible, we will not be throwing in the towel as we look to preserve our Sky Bet League Two status.

The manager acknowledged that MK were a top side but was left frustrated that we could not maintain our advantage going into the second half.

“For us, we have had a good go. They are a top side.

“After the first 45 minutes it would have been better if we could have come in at 2 - 0, but after we came in at 1-1 the whole game changed and the whole half time chat with the lads is different.”

Sol was happy with our first half display but was disappointed that the game slipped away from us as the second half progressed.

“I was pleased with the first 45 minutes, it was good. We probably surprised them a little bit, but we need to keep it going.

“At 1 - 1 we have got to maintain that and keep the concentration, focus and the drive up. We have got to keep it going and not let it go. We have put ourselves in such a good position now in the league to give us a chance to get out.

“What I said to the lads is don’t let it slip.”

Sol made nine changes going into the game and insisted that the players returning to the first elven deserved the chance to show what they can do.

“There are a lot of guys who have been training really well and I think they deserve their chances.

“Some of the guys who were played when I first started here are showing that they deserve to get back in and see what they can do and they have done really well in the past, so I have given a chance to a lot of those guys to show what they can do.”

The manager was quick to highlight the strength of the opposition, and how coming into the break at 2 - 0 could have put us in good stead to get a result going into the second half.

“Goals change games and I think going in at 2 - 0 would have been great for us and given us a little platform but in the second half, we have to stay in the game.

“When you look at MK Dons, a lot of the stuff they did was quite basic and we need to defend in a basic way and just do the job right.

“I’m seeing a lot of great stuff in training, but the transferring of that is way off.

“We have got time on the ball and we need to pick the right passes because we have trained to keep the ball but it is almost like they don’t want to try things, which is what I want them to do, but at the same time be sensible about your passing and concentrate on the pass.”

Despite the defeat, Sol maintained that there is the belief and fighting spirit running through the club that is essential if we are to try and maintain our stay in the Football League.

“We have got thirty points to play for, and we have got games that are going to define us. We have all got to fight and get back up.

“We are all hurting, the players are hurting. We have just got to dust ourselves off and go for it.

“Until its mathematically impossible, I won’t be giving up.

“It is still in our hands, and if it is still in your hands, it is something worth fighting for.”

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