Adam Chicksen will be looking forward to tonight’s game with Leyton Orient more than most, having spent a short time on loan with the club last season.
.mkstadiumChicksen made three appearances during his month with the Orient and is relishing the prospect of doing battle with his former team this evening at
The East London outfit currently lie in 19th place in League 1 but the young Dons wide-man knows full well that they will still provide stiff opposition for Karl Robinson and his side when the two sides meet at MK1.
Speaking before the game, Chicksen said: “Going to Leyton Orient was a great experience for me as it opened my eyes to the footballing world having not been away from the Dons before.
“They’re a really good club and they looked after me well. They play a similar sort of football to us as they like to get the ball down and play so it was really good.
“It’ll be a tough test for us on Wednesday because Orient have got some really talented individual players and I expect them to be fully committed with Russell Slade as their boss.
“Russell is a good manager with a great philosophy on how football should be played and I really enjoyed my time playing under him.”
The Dons come into this fixture having drawn a blank for the fourth time in five games, but the 21-year-old is confident that if his team can continue to play like they have, they will find the net sooner rather than later.
“I think our performances in recent weeks have been up to their normal standards. We’ve created plenty of chances in games we’ve just not taken them, but I’m sure if we keep working hard it will change.
“It was especially frustrating on Friday but if you keep creating the chances and keep believing, it will come.
“We had 30 plus shots against Cambridge and so if we didn’t score after all them, then it was clear it wasn’t going to be our day but I believe that as a squad we can always deliver in any game.”
The academy graduate has played in a number of positions for Dons boss Robinson this season, including both full-back positions as well as in midfield on numerous occasions.
Although initially brought up as a left-back, the Club’s one-time youngest player revealed he’s at home in any position he is put in, as long as it means getting time on the pitch.
“I’ll never complain about the amount of minutes I play, as long as I can get a game here or there and whether that’s in midfield or at the back I’ll do it. I’ve just got to keep performing well when I’m given a chance.”
“The positions I play are all out wide so they are quite similar as you get into the same positions on the pitch. Once you’ve played in certain positions once or twice you become comfortable there and you’re able to the job whenever you’re out there again.”
Tonight’s game is the start of three home games within a week and Chicksen is looking forward to playing in front of a Dons faithful that he has built a strong rapport with over recent years.
“I prefer games to come thick and fast because I just love being in the team and playing football – especially at home.
“The support the crowd has given me has been great and that’s why I look forward to playing every week. If you have the fans cheering your name and urging you on it makes you want to give that extra 10 or 20 percent.
“So for me, whenever I’m playing I know I need to give my all because I’m playing not only for the team and the badge but for the fans as well.”