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I was asked this week to do the player ratings on behalf of Luke Payne and it’s safe to say that 120 seconds of football have dramatically changed my player ratings from what they would have been. Another draw to leave us winless in 8 and 16th in the table.

Let’s wrap up yesterdays player ratings: 

GK – Craig MacGillivray- 7 

Feel really bad for Craig. Made some tremendous saves yesterday, was very commanding in the box and has looked to be improving week by week. He made key saves to keep us in the game, and would come out and catch the ball from corners and crosses and display dominance in the box. He was ultimately let down by the defence 

RB – Cameron Norman – 6 

If we had kept a clean sheet, i would have given Norman a 7, but mistakes from the other side let him down. He tracked back well and got forward well, getting an assist for Max Deans first goal. He had to defend a bit more than normal in the deeper RB role compared to his normally RWB role but he looked solid and can’t be blamed for the defensive mistakes 

CB – Jack Tucker – 4 

People are howling at Jack Tucker for his one mistake, but he had a really good performance up until that point. He had a very physical game up against Acquah, and I think he played well until we went to a back 5. He should’ve cleared the ball away in the air and not have given it straight to a Barrow player and this is what let the Dons down in the end but him and Smith worked well in that CB partnership 

CB – Tommy Smith – 6 

This was a shock for most Dons fans, as we were not aware that he was recalled and was sure not expecting him to start. Smith had a solid game, winning a lot of balls and bringing the experience to the backline. Both late goals came off his side but I can’t fault him for either, was good to have him back 

LB – Joe Tomlinson – 5 

Had a mixed game. Offered decent coverage down his side but was getting run wild by their wingers, and left his side exposed when we dropped to a back 5. Also had too many wild shots on goals that let him down 

CDM – MJ Williams – 6 

Had a really solid game. Made lots of recovery tackles and won balls in the air. Provided calmness on the ball and was a rock. Not much more to say 

CM – Ethan Robson – 5 

Pressed well and made good runs forwards. Always has the energy to run around the pitch and was influential in the first goal to give the ball to Norman to cross to Dean 

CM – Alex Gilbey – 5 

Gave his all once again, running around the pitch and being everywhere. If Dean had squared it to him then he could’ve finished the game off at 3-1 but think the only thing missing from Gilbeys game at the moment in end product from either a goal or an assist 

CAM – Jack Payne – 5 

Think Payne had another good game but seemed he was bypassed by the long ball at times and was isolated in the midfield. Think he would work better in a system with wingers in front of him, rather than the two striker setup 

ST – Ellis Harrison – 3 Borderline 2. 

His finishing was really off, won more headers than all of our defenders did but showed no end product. Had the ball muddled up at his feet and was a shadow of himself that I’ve seen for the past 2 games. Should have been subbed off for Eisa after 60 minutes. His worst performance in a Dons shirt so far 

 ST – Max Dean – 7 (TOP DON)

Got his start, got his 2 goals and had his best every performance in an Mk Shirt. Showed brilliant composure and turn for his first goal, and was robbed off a hat-trick after he “tripped” over their defender. Should have passed it to Tripp at the end but cannot blame him for wanting to shoot. Needs a run of games now 


 Warren O’Hora – 3 

Was at fault for the first goal, instead of marking the defender he wanted to be best mates with Cameron Norman instead. Needs to be kept on the bench because his head isn’t right 

Callum Tripp – 5 

Played well when he came on for his short cameo. Progressed the ball well and could’ve had a goal. 

Very bright future ahead Overall, the rating are high because 2 sloppy goals at the end should not overshadow good performances from the likes of MacGillivray and Dean but at the end of the day the formation change and lack of influential subs killed the game and combined with individual errors cost Dons the 3 points. 

We are in for another long and dragged out week to see if a decision will be made, but there are some positives to take. 

Onto the next one. Come on you Dons

Kind  regards 


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