MK Dons head coach Paul Tisdale has told the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad that he believes Mansfield Town will win the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.
In something that seemed to be written like the ending of a Hollywood movie, the two teams vying for automatic promotion MK Dons and Mansfield Town faced each other on the final game of the season. The Stags had the advantage going into this game though as they only needed a draw for promotion while MK Dons would have to win to avoid the play-offs.
In the end, it only took two minutes for the match to be decided. David Wheeler got the only goal of the game very early on for MK Dons and despite their best efforts, Mansfield were unable to get that vital equaliser. This means that MK Dons have been promoted automatically while Mansfield will have to try their luck in the play-offs.
After the match, Tisdale said: “I feel very sorry for Mansfield. We said before this game that is was a winner takes all match.”
“It is very unusual that you get a chance in the last day of the season and then a second bite at the cherry two weeks later.”
“It was a bit of a gift today, and we took it. Mansfield have had a very consistent and effective season.”
“I do feel sorry for Mansfield, I do know what it feels like having lost the last two play-off finals.”
“I know what it is like to lose a game like this and I wish Mansfield all the best. “They have been consistent in the top three right through the season, so if anyone deserves it they do.”
“We knew we had to score and the early goal was a perfect tonic to settle the nerves.”
“We were desperate for a second but i think by the time the second half started we knew we were in for a long 45 minutes.”
“We had the best of the first half, but they gave it a really good go in the second half.”
“They threw everything at us but we defended fantastically well. We got their in the end.”
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