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Scott Brown as humble as ever following MK Dons draw

23 April 2019

Having saved a penalty from Kieran Agard before showing superb reactions to get up and deny the striker with a second stop from the rebound, Scott Brown was Vale's hero in the first half during Monday's 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

Despite that, the goalkeeper played down the quality of that double save and he instead heaped the praise on the rest of the squad who battled to earn a deserved draw at Stadium MK.

The 33-year-old has produced several game-changing moments across the course of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign, but he insists that he's just doing his job and that he doesn't deserve special recognition.

On denying Agard twice, Brown said: “Yeah, it was all right! Despite them having a lot of the ball we were solid in the first half, but it was important that we went into half-time at 0-0 – thankfully we managed to do that.

“MK Dons probably would’ve been on most people’s betting slips today, especially after Friday, but our record away from home is decent and we’ve not conceded too many to help us pick up points against some of the top sides in the division.

“Coming here to a fantastic stadium and pitch, with the fans travelling in their numbers on a boiling hot day, we wanted to perform and it’s a good point for us.

“Everyone played really well and there were a lot of seven or eight out of 10 performances out there. All the lads put their bodies on the line and Danny Elliott was brilliant on his first Football League Start. 

“When Tom Pope and Antony Kay came on as well, they used their experience to help us get over the line. It was a solid team performance, but we’ve got to improve our home form to send the fans home happy from Vale Park."

Tom Conlon had given the Valiants the lead against Paul Tisdale's men with a fine finish just three minutes into the second half, and Brown admits he and the rest of the squad have been winding the midfielder up about it. 

He also admits that it was frustrating to allow MK Dons back into the game so soon after taking the lead, but he believes it's a strong result against one of the most difficult opponents in the division.

He said “We’re not sure if it was a cross or a shot from Tom, but it was a fantastic finish or a great cross if you want to put it like that. The lads have given him a bit of stick by saying it wasn’t a shot, but that really gave us a great start.

“Especially because we didn’t begin the second half well on Friday, it was crucial that we got off to a good start this time, but then we didn’t react to going a goal up and that’s something we need to do better.

“It was very frustrating to concede because we knew their fans would get on their backs because they were desperate for a win, but they say you’re at the must vulnerable point after scoring and that proved to be the case today.

“I don’t know where the fourth official got seven minutes from and we were having a laugh and a joke about it after the match, but we killed the game well and we managed things brilliantly to get a solid point.”

 


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