PNE have no need to fear top teams

Scott Wiseman scored a rare goal in PNE's 1-1 draw with MK Dons

Scott Wiseman scored a rare goal in PNE's 1-1 draw with MK Dons

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North End’s unlikely saviour Scott Wiseman believes PNE have nothing to fear after a ‘comfy’ 1-1 draw with promotion rivals MK Dons.

The Gibraltar international added another gem to his rare goalscoring record as his fierce 68th-minute strike cancelled out Dons’ winger Carl Baker’s first-half tap-in.

The result means PNE are still level on points with third-placed Dons in the League One table.

And after beating league leaders Bristol City last month and a narrow 1-0 defeat to second-placed Swindon Town, Wiseman admitted that after facing their foes North End are not scared by any of the top three.

He said: “I think MK Dons are a fantastic team but today they didn’t cause us any problems.

“Maybe just a little bit more from us and a bit of the bounce of the green, it goes a different way. We aren’t scared now, we have seen them and seen what they have got.

“Yes they are beating teams – the lower teams – but that is expected, just as we are expected to beat them too.

“We aren’t scared of any of the top teams.”

The thunderous strike was only Wiseman’s fifth career goal – he netted his fourth against Chesterfield earlier this term.

And he believes that North End’s ability to spread goals across the team is the blueprint of champions.

He said: “I’ve scored two good finishes this season. I think me, the team and the stadium were surprised that I was there and that I finished it.

“But I think with any promotion-chasing team everyone has to be scoring from every position, which we have been doing.

“We’ve been creating from wide, from the middle, scoring from the back and the front . It is going to be key to get promoted this season.”

But Wiseman admitted North End were too comfortable and missed an opportunity to leapfrog Karl Robinson’s men into third spot.

He said: “We were very comfortable – they’ve had two maybe three shots on target. Stuckmann hardly had a save to make really.

“I think we were comfortable at the back. I think sometimes that can hinder you.

“We tried to push for a goal and then they score in the 39th minute and it knocks the wind out of our sails. In the last 10 minutes of the first half we made it look like a bad first half when really the game plan was working really well.

“But these games against top teams are about not losing as much as they are winning.

“One of us goes on to win and it creates a gap in the league and we are disappointed we didn’t get the win.

“We had so many clear-cut chances and created so many opportunities that 1-1 is fortunate for them really.”

On-loan Bolton man Jermaine Beckford and Kevin Davies were both guilty of wasting several of those chances.

But Wiseman praised Davies and backed the strike duo.

He said: “Kev did really well to keep the ball in and pull it back to me. I was just lucky enough to be in the right place.

“I think we’d be more upset if we were not creating chances.

“The chances will keep coming and the goals will come with from them. They work well together and we know Kev is a great outlet.”