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Lowe has the Wright stuff for Dons

8 November 2012

MK Dons first-team coach Ian Wright was delighted for Ryan Lowe after the striker ended his barren run by netting the winner in a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient.

The 34-year-old bagged only his second goal of the season just before half-time to hand the Dons their second successive win and condemn Orient to their fourth straight defeat.

And Wright felt Lowe's goal was richly deserved after his excellent performances in training were finally transferred onto the stadium:mk pitch.

He said: "I'm pleased for Ryan Lowe because it's been a pretty difficult season for him in the respect of having chances to actually play. To see him get one and for us to keep a clean sheet is a good result, it's something to build on. It's all about confidence, that's what we work on when we do the finishing in training.

"When you watch what the boys do in training it's as good as anything I've seen - and I've been around - but once you get on the pitch it's a different state of mind. You have to take the training state of mind and finish with that kind of aplomb and that confidence.

"I was pleased for Ryan because he's worked hard, he gave his body up, he held the ball up well for us - which is not natural to him - then he's getting back in the box. If I was playing in this team I would just stay in and around the box because they do make chances - I've been telling him to do that and he's got his rewards."

Orient boss Russell Slade, who was sent to the stands late on for protesting against a decision, said: "We're trying to keep the players positive at the minute because the last two performances have been sound. To be 0-0 with MK Dons with only a couple of minutes to go to half-time would have been an ideal situation, particularly on the back of the second-half performance.

"The game plan was always to get Kevin Lisbie some game time and we've done that and he looks like he's come through that, which is really positive for us. Our bench is getting stronger as players come back to full fitness.

"And Moses Odubajo became a man. This is the MK Dons, this is a big stadium and one of the bigger teams away from home in the league. They've been in the play-offs for three years running and Mo didn't look out of it - I thought he was one of the best players on the pitch.

"We're inches away rather than miles away. Providing we go out with that same focus and that attitude the results will come. There's always pressure of some nature or another - it's something I'm used to and it's something the senior players are used to."

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