Liam Manning gives brutal assessment of MK Dons’ late collapse against Sheffield Wednesday

Chef Liam Manning accused his Milton Keynes Dons squad of lack of courage after their costly late breakdown in Sheffield Wednesday.

Scott Twine’s overwhelming 47th-minute goal put Manning’s team in the lead at Hillsborough.

But the owls staged an exhilarating late night catch-up to get the maximum number of points. Top scorer Lee Gregory glanced into Josh Windass’s corner to level the game in the 83rd minute.

Substitute Windass had the last word in time and slapped an unstoppable right foot past Andre Fisher to ensure Wednesday overtook the Dons in the table.

Manning said, “When we scored this early, we sat back and walked into the block and flipped the ball too cheaply. We have done it too many times, going by default and going straight into the block instead of taking the stinger out of the ball by dominating the ball.

“It was hard to take, especially with the timing of the goals. I can’t question the desire and attitude, but it all came down to our quality of ownership.

“We had to show more courage. It’s hard to get to a place like this with the drive and noise that 20,000 people bring here. We had to be brave, move up and be on the ball, make it 1-0. Keep the ball, take the sting out of the game and use it to pull the fans onto their backs.

“When we scored so early, we sat back and went into the block and flipped the ball too cheaply,” he said afterwards. “We have done it too often to go ahead and go straight into the block instead of taking the sting out of the ball by dominating the ball.

“It was hard to take, especially with the timing of the goals. I can’t question the desire and attitude, but it all came down to our quality of ownership.

“We had to show more courage. It’s hard to get to a place like this with the drive and noise that 20,000 people bring here. We had to be brave, move up and be on the ball, make it 1-0. Keep the ball, take the sting out of the game and use it to pull the fans onto their backs.

“We got some good chances in the first half and you won’t get many in places like this and if you have them you have to take them. At halftime, I asked them to be braver and manage the game that way. “

The result meant that the Dons fell back to eighth place in the table, one point behind Wednesday.

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