The key quotes from Russell Martin's post-Sunderland press conference
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Milton Keynes Dons ended a 14 month wait for an away league victory when they defeated Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Max Power gave The Black Cats the lead on 12 minutes, but Cameron Jerome's equalised just four minutes later.

The away side were awarded a penalty after Power brought down Scott Fraser after trying to clear the ball away.

Fraser made no mistake from the spot, sending Remi Matthews the wrong way to seal a precious three points for The Dons.

Here are the most important responses that the MK Dons boss made to the media:

On ending the winless away run

Russell Martin expressed his pride in his players for ended a 20-game streak of away games without a win.

"I'm so proud of them.

"We haven't spoken about it, but they've got social media, they listen to the interviews so of course they were aware of it and it frustrated them as much as it did me, but it will be nice not to talk about it anymore - and what a place to come to do it.

"To come back after the way we started the game, it's incredible."

Work rate was the key to success

Martin said his players 'gave him everything they had out of possession', which was he thought was the decisive factor in his side taking all three points on Wearside.

"We dominated the first half, looked the most like scoring and I think they scored against the run of play which was sloppy from us.

"We got back in it really quickly and that was a massive help for us.

"In the second half, we got the goal and we haven't been in that position a lot, especially away from home, so we weren't quite as fluid on the ball as we have been.

"But what we lacked in that area, the boys gave me everything they had out of possession.

"We haven't had a lot of time to prepare, but they followed their instructions to the letter and the desire to protect the lead was incredible."

On having to protect the lead

Martin's MK Dons side had to do something unfamiliar this afternoon, which was hold on to an away lead.

The Dons boss said the game became 'anxious and tense', but was delighted that his team got over the line.

"The difference today was having something to protect - it hasn't happened enough.

Then it became a bit anxious and tense - we were playing a team who has been in really good form, their home form has been brilliant, so I get than anxiety.

"We will get to a point where we can do what we want for 90 minutes, but that will take time.

"When it's like that, we have to show the other side of our game.

"If anyone else needed convincing of how much we want to help and work for each other, that was the 45 minutes to do it in."

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