Alan Smith’s temporary stint as player-manager got off to the best of starts last night, after his MK Dons side beat Aylesbury FC 4-0 in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup.
A late brace from England Under-16 international Giorgio Rasulo after goals from Daniel Powell and Charlie MacDonald helped see the Dons through to the semi-finals of the county competition where they will face Beaconsfield SYCOB.
And, although not planning on swapping his boots for a clipboard permanently anytime soon, Smith told mkdons.com after the game that it was an experience he thoroughly enjoyed.
He said: “It was really enjoyable. I liked being with Wrighty in the dressing room, doing our bit to help the younger ones as well as the first team players.
“The youth team players’ attitudes were first class. The pitch was unplayable at times but we came out with a great attitude and the young lads played really well and it will have been a great learning curve for them. If they can keep that focus and desire then they’ve got big futures ahead of them and hopefully it will be at MK Dons.
“As a team, I thought we showed our quality, we showed our class and we showed that we can battle too which is good to see. Everybody knows what good footballers we have here but I think sometimes the other side of football is what people question and tonight it showed that we can battle and grind out results.
“We knew that it wouldn’t be easy and we would be in for a difficult game but to win 4-0 and come away with no injuries is almost perfect.”