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Dons’ second goal killed Shrimps says Diagouraga

23 April 2022

Toumani Diagouraga says MK Dons’ second half strike was a killer for the Shrimps this afternoon.

The hosts took the lead on 20 minutes after defender Harry Darling ran the length of the pitch before pulling back and slotting into the far corner of Trevor Carson’s goal.

Despite Derek Adams’ men getting in good positions, they couldn’t really test the home goalkeeper and, 11 minutes from time, Daniel Harvie wrapped up the points with an effort from the edge of the box which deflected and found its way home.

Following the defeat, Diagouraga says Harvie’s winner proved too big a deficit for the Shrimps to bounce back from.

He said: “The second goal was a killer, we didn’t really look like scoring today, so unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be today, but we live to fight another day.

“I think first half we did okay up until the goal, obviously that gave them a leg up.

“Their team play really good football, so to concede a goal like that [Darling’s] was a bit soft from our point of view, but now we have to just regroup and concentrate on next week.”

As things stand, the Shrimps look to be heading into the final game of the season in 19th place, two points above the relegation zone, and the 34-year-old hopes the experience within the ranks will help steer the Club clear of the drop.

“We’ve got a lot of experienced players in the squad, and everyone has been pulling their weight this season,” Diagouraga continued.

“Now all we need is one last push, one big effort and hopefully that will see us over the line.

“You don’t want to focus on other results because we know if we do our job, it doesn’t matter what happens elsewhere, so all we have to do is concentrate on ourselves.

“They’ve [the fans] been fantastic this season, they’ve stuck with us and I said before it was going to be a bumpy ride and it is a bumpy ride, but hopefully we can all celebrate next week.”

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