UWE ROSLER says he was delighted to see his Leeds United side win ugly with a key 2-1 victory at MK Dons.
United led two-nil at the break thanks to goals from Chris Wood, who netted from the spot after Charlie Taylor was fouled by Carl Baker on 31 minutes, with Taylor himself then adding a second.
The Left-back struck a sweet long-range effort two minutes before the break, just his third goal for United, with the strike being a belated birthday present - he turned 22 on Friday.
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MK Dons pulled one back 16 minutes from time with sub Simon Church tapping in, although thhey were soon reduced to ten men when Samir Carruthers was dismissed for a late challenge on Stuart Dallas.
But despite the blow, MK threw everything at Leeds in the final ten minutes and in six minutes of added-on time, but Marco Silvestri, who produced an excellent display in goal and atone for his error in the midweek loss to Ipswich, held firm.
It was an afternoon when the hosts spurned a number of opportunities and when they managed to hit the target, they found a keeper in inspired form in Silvestri, who made superb saves to deny Sam Gallagher and Rob Hall in the first half and deny sub Ben Reeves late on.
On ending a testing week with a relieving win, Rosler said: “There were so many turns and twists in the game. We were 2-0 up at half-time and it was a great position to be in coming into the second half.
“The way we managed the game in first 15 to 20 minutes of the second half was impressive and we could have easily scored in that period.
“But then the panic button set into play, even with a man more. All credit to MK Dons, they made some tactical changes. They put (Carl) Baker in the right back position and he put ball after ball into our box and they got momentum with some corners.
“It was difficult for us to get the ball down and play and use our man advantage.
“But in this league, you need to find a way to win, even when you are not playing pretty over ninety minutes which is what we did.”
Bridling at talk of United being fortunate to claim the points, Rosler, whose side moved up to tenth, added: “No. When you see the whole game and the amount of games and how big the chances were for both teams, I think we should have killed the game off in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
“We didn’t do that and it made it difficult for the last half an hour. But the character of the team was shown and we dug deep.
“We were nervous, you could see that. I think in the back of our minds a little bit was the Bristol City game. But we will get better on that part as well.”