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INTERVIEW: Dabo reflects on MK Dons point

City earn sixth clean sheet...

20 October 2019

Summer recruit Fankaty Dabo believes his side have to keep ‘believing in themselves’ in order to remain in the top six of Sky Bet League One.

The Sky Blues point at MK Dons on Saturday means the side sit six points off league leaders Ipswich in sixth place, having kept six clean sheets in the process.

Dabo, one of four defensive signings, believes that clean sheets and hard work are the foundations for a successful side following the 0-0 draw at MK Dons.

Dabo said: “To keep a clean sheet is important to us because we hadn’t kept one in a while so it was one of our main objectives for the game.

“It is difficult because we didn’t win but it’s not a loss so we can build on in after the last two defeats and hopefully win some games and score some goals in the next games.”

Jordy Hiwula had the opportunity to grab all three points for City with a 53rd minute penalty which was saved by MK Dons ‘keeper Lee Nicholls however Dabo insists no blame is being put with the forward.

He said: “Anybody can miss a penalty so we are all around him and all supporting him, he hasn’t got his head down because it happens and that’s football so we are all still together and we will continue to work together to get results.

“The game was similar to last week because we had the chances but again, that is football and we know it isn’t going to stay like this and will have to grow out of it, learn from the things we have been doing in training, and keep believing in ourselves.”

Dabo has impressed with his recent performances both defensively and going forward which he says been the instruction from the manager.

He said: “The gaffer wants me to get forward and get crosses in and that’s what we haven been working on in training so we need to keep working to ensure everyone clicks together.

“Whatever the gaffer wants, we try and implement it in the game and we will keep going and working hard to do that.”

Alongside Dabo’s attacking exploits, the full back has not been afraid to shirk a challenge picking up four cautions so far this season meaning his next card will lead to a one match ban, but Dabo admits the prospect of a ban will not affect his approach.

Dabo said: “You can’t go out onto the pitch and be tentative and relaxed you have to put 100% aggression in your game and if that comes with a card it comes with a card.

“Even though I am on four it won’t affect my game, I will come with the same tenacity, same aggression and if I pick up a card, I pick up a card.

“There is someone to play in my position whether I am suspended or not because we have a great squad and are a great team where anyone can replace anyone.”

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