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Love: “It’s tough to take.”

27 August 2022

Donald Love says defeat against MK Dons this afternoon is tough to take.

Will Grigg netted two first-half goals for the visitors, with Conor Grant and Matthew Dennis completing the scoring in the second 45.

Morecambe weren’t without big chances of their own, with Jame Cumming doing well to deny Ryan Delaney’s header on 32 minutes, and Jensen Weir striking against the post 15 minutes into the second half.

Following the Shrimps’ Carabao Cup success during the week, Love says today’s result was especially difficult to stomach.

“It’s tough to take after a good result on Tuesday,” Love said.

“Getting through the cup and then [today’s loss], it’s a hard one to take but we’ve got to rally round now, we’ve got a tight knit squad and we’ve got to go into the next game and get a win.

“The way they move the ball, they’ve always got that extra midfielder who is always on the turn, you can see what they do and unfortunately for us, it came off today.

“On another day, we take our chances in the second half and get back in the game, but it wasn’t to be today.

“We’ve been solid this year, we’ve got to watch them [the goals] back and see what we did wrong and learn from that.

“We did have chances in the second half and if we take them, it’s a different game, but we’ve got to look back and work on what we did wrong.”

Despite their efforts, Morecambe were unable to find the back of Cumming’s net, and Love believes it could’ve been a different outcome had one of their chances been converted.

He continued: “We can see with the chances created, if Jensen [Weir] takes his, we’ve got another one after that through Kieran [Phillips], if we take that, we’re back in the game and it could’ve been a different game.

“When we’re attacking, we need to make sure we’re locking it out at the back, that’s where the goals came from, when we were attacking, but we’ll sort that out and we’ll be alright going forward.

“We’ve got Bristol [Rovers] next week, we’ll recover over the next few days, get everything out of the way and we’ll look to Bristol.

 “We’ll all watch back [the game], we’ll sort it out individually and as a team, and we’ll be alright the next time we play.”

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