QPR gave Rother­ham a ham­mer­ing in the Cham­pi­onship

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Char­lie Ben­nett

ROB­BIE Neil­son knew what he was let­ting him­self in for when he signed on the dot­ted line at MK Dons, but he still ad­mits to find­ing life difficult since join­ing the club.

With pro­mo­tion straight back to the Cham­pi­onship the aim at the start of the cam­paign, Neil­son now has to try to se­cure the Dons’ League One sta­tus.

They sat six points clear of the drop zone prior to yes­ter­day’s huge clash with Coven­try, and Neil­son con­cedes it has been tough to change the neg­a­tive mood at Sta­dium MK since his ap­point­ment in De­cem­ber.

“I knew what I was com­ing into,” said the former Hearts boss.

“I knew I was com­ing into a team that had come down and there was a neg­a­tiv­ity about the place.

“There wasn’t a huge turn­around in the play­ers ei­ther.

“There was a feel­ing that it was go­ing to be a difficult sea­son and it has turned out to be that way.

“The key for us was to get some sta­bil­ity, which I think we did, and then build for sum­mer.

“Things don’t change overnight. Our first result here was to win at home, and that was a long time com­ing – nine months.

“We’ve man­aged to pick up points at home. Our points ra­tio since we came in has been mid-to-top end of the ta­ble.”

Tues­day’s 2-0 de­feat at ri­vals AFC Wim­ble­don was a bit­ter blow and Neil­son has asked fans to re­main pa­tient as he at­tempts to turn their for­tunes around.

“Ev­ery­one wants to see win­ning foot­ball and foot­ball they en­joy. It has been a re­ally difficult sea­son, it was a difficult sit­u­a­tion when we came in,” he added.

“It has been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for ev­ery­one.

“You can see the neg­a­tiv­ity has fil­tered down af­ter rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son.

“But the role has been to sta­bilise and build over the sum­mer.”

EF­FORT: Rob­bie Neil­son

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