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Sport: 'Totally unlike us' - Liam Manning bemoans MK Dons display after Sheffield Wednesday defeat

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Liam Manning was left ruing Milton Keynes Dons slow start against Sheffield Wednesday. The Dons trailed 3-0 in the first half hour after goals from Saido Berahino, Lee Gregory and an outrageous 45-yard lob from Barry Bannan.

Milton Keynes Dons manager Liam Manning. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. © PA Milton Keynes Dons manager Liam Manning. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Troy Parrott and Scott Twine scored either side of half time to reduce the deficit but Manning's side slipped to their first defeat in 16 matches. “It was clear to see where that game was lost,” said Dons boss Manning.

"It was totally unlike us. When you play against good, experienced players and you get your margins wrong like we did, you find yourselves 3-0 down and chasing. What we saw in the second half was spirit and character, but Wednesday had something to defend.

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“We had some good chances in the second half - Twiney had one straight at the keeper, Conor hit the post, Hiram reversed one to Troy. We had some good moments, and arguably there could have been more than 10 minutes of stoppage time.

“The lads have been terrific over a long period, but you'll get moments like we had tonight. I always say we have to stay emotionally stable, not being overly hard on the players but we have to learn and be better for Tuesday.”

He praised the team's second half showing, saying: "So much of our work is based on having a good structure, being able to be in good positions, second balls and playing disciplined in our mid and back third.

"It shows, when you play against good, experienced players, if you get the margins wrong, you end up like we did - 3-0 down - and then you're chasing the game.

"What we saw second half was spirit, character, never-say-die, which sums the lads up because we know they'll fight right to the end."

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The Owls midfielder produced another man-of-the-match display to help the Owls move back into the play-off places Darren Moore 's side ended the Dons' 15-match unbeaten run whilst boosting their hopes of a top-six finish in the process. After results on Good Friday went against them, Wednesday produced a fantastic display to move back into fifth place.

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