Ashton looks for the positives following MK defeat

Stevenage players, including Jon Ashton, protest to referee Andy Woolmer about the awarding off a pe

Stevenage players, including Jon Ashton, protest to referee Andy Woolmer about the awarding off a penalty. Photo: Kevin Coleman - Credit: Kevin Coleman

Stevenage captain spoke after Saturday’s 4-1 loss, Boro’s third in a row

Jon Ashton praised the spirit of his Boro side after another disappointing result at MK Dons on Saturday.

It was a third successive defeat for Stevenage, but the club captain was quick to point out the positives.

“It’s a better performance than last week [against Carlisle United]. We’re disappointed to lose obviously but the way we came back into the game and showed a bit of character to get the goal back just before half time was a positive out of the game, but of course we’re still thoroughly disappointed to not get three points.”

As a result of the 4-1 defeat, Boro have now conceded 10 goals in their last three games after conceding only three in their previous five.

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“The gaffer’s notorious for keeping tight defences and I’m part of that so I’m disappointed on a personal level with the amount of goals we’ve conceded and not keeping clean sheets,” added the defender.

“We’ll work hard on the training ground on Monday and hopefully we can sort that out next week.”

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Like his manager, Ashton was keen for the mistakes made by the more inexperienced players to be learnt from.

“They were silly mistakes really, but we’ve got to learn from them and make sure they don’t happen again.

“I know I keep saying that every week but I’m sure that one day it will just click and the lads will get more experience as they grow older and I’m sure they’ll stop happening but, like I say, I’m sure it’ll click and hopefully that’ll be next week.”

Just over 600 Boro fans made the short trip to stadiummk, and Ashton was also keen to thank them for their support.

“We have great support every week. There’s lots travelled away and we’re grateful for that, they’re very vocal so we like that,” Ashton said.

“We need some wins don’t we? It doesn’t look great at the minute, the table, so yeah we’ll work hard all week and aim for three points on Saturday [against Coventry City].”

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