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Defender Magnus Okuonghae confident run of heavy defeats is a blip Maidstone will soon overcome

By Craig Tucker

Magnus Okuonghae has called for perspective as Maidstone bid to get their season back on track.

The Stones were beaten 4-1 by MK Dons in the FA Cup second round on Saturday, a result that followed 4-0 defeats by Boreham Wood and Tranmere in the National League.

Okuonghae, whose goal gave United the lead at Stadium MK, is unconcerned by the heavy defeats.

Magnus Okuonghae says Stones will soon be smiling again Picture: Steve Terrell
Magnus Okuonghae says Stones will soon be smiling again Picture: Steve Terrell

He said: “MK Dons are a good side and while we’re deflated, after the weekend you put things into perspective and we won’t be the only team that comes here and has that done to them.

“We just remain positive. We came here thinking we could cause an upset and it just wasn’t to be. I’m quite a positive person. It’s been a tough two weeks but one thing I know is that no team goes throughout the season just plain sailing.

“We’ve been on great form, we’ve had some great results away from home and we’ve put ourselves in a position in the league where we can really push on. The FA Cup was a bonus, we’re disappointed with it but we can’t wilt. You’re always going to have a blip.

“It’s tough because we’ve conceded 12 goals in three games but how can we not be positive? We’ve put ourselves in a great position, we’ve got a great dressing room, with good players.

“Somehow we’ve got to find a way of getting back on it and I have no doubt that we’ll do that.”

Maidstone return to National League action at Maidenhead on Saturday and Okuonghae expects them to be over their FA Cup disappointment by then. The big defender enjoyed the occasion at Stadium MK, despite the result, and feels his team-mates should also look on the bright side rather than dwell on the collapse.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed the game, which sounds crazy considering we’ve lost 4-1 but sometimes you need perspective otherwise you just beat yourself up for ever.

“Have we got regrets? Yes, we have, because we could have gone about it a bit better in the second half. But we gave ourselves a chance early doors and we’ve worked ever so hard to be able to come and play in a game like this.

“We’ve got a good squad, a good group of players. A week is a long time in football, let alone two weeks, so we’ve gone from unbelievable highs to three lows. We’ve lost three games heavily but that’s football.”

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