The home side had started out brightly with the crowd right behind them, we looked comfortable but Huddersfield did look dangerous on the break.
I personally felt in the first 15 minutes we were all over them but never got a goal whilst we were on top and we should have.
Alan Smith was the man of the match for me, it was a shame he was taken off at 60 minutes because he looked a threat all game. He was a constant thorn in their side and seemed really up for it. He was playing on the shoulder of the last man where he created a few opportunities but he isn’t a natural goal scorer which showed and it took time for anyone to get up and support him.
We were wasting our set plays and Huddersfield were always able to break quickly. Our midfield was being stretched and Gleeson especially was poor. Whenever we did get the ball forward instead of knocking it sideways we had no one in the box. There wasn’t anyone brave enough to be that front man to score a crucial goal.
After the half hour mark we fell behind. It looked as though the danger was clear when MacKenzie denied Higginbotham yet another cross came in and Rhodes was able to put his team in front. The goal hadn’t been coming if I’m honest, Huddersfield hadn’t created an awful lot all afternoon yet found themselves in front. This galvanised the away fans and when our team needed us most we couldn’t be heard. After the shock of going behind the chorus of ‘MK army’ could be heard again, it was vital we tried to spur them on when things weren’t going our way!
We seemed to find it difficult to create anything and half time was desperately needed. We started the second half in the same vain as the first but still couldn’t get a goal. Dean Lewington had a great opportunity but shot straight into the ‘keepers arms. With MacDonald being our lone striker once Smithy had gone off, knocking long balls to him wasn’t working.
Huddersfield had been set up to stifle our passing game and it was working. They were also constantly trying to break up play, it seemed like every one of their players kept getting injured. My biggest moan was when their skipper went down with what looked to be a serious injury but once all the paramedics were on the pitch he was up and running within seconds.
The left hand side was where Huddersfield were getting the most joy from. After some poor defensive work Rhodes was able to spot Hunt who was able to fool Potter and score Huddersfield’s second goal of the tie. It meant the Dons had an even bigger task ahead of them but they continued to try and attack.
With Jabo on he was able to hold up play. It did start to get really predictable, Martin would knock it long, it’d land on Jabo’s head, there was no one there to get the second ball and then the ball would be played in behind Lewington. We just didn’t have anything up front, even though we’ve scored over 100 goals this season it just seemed no one knew how to open up Huddersfield’s defence and score!
It’s going to be difficult on Tuesday night but the pressure is off. I still believe we can do this and stranger things have happened in football especially during play-off football. Come on you Dons!