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'Izale's a fantastic player' - Dean

6 October 2012

For three years Dean Lewington played alongside Izale McLeod cheering for him as he netted 54 goals for MK Dons.

 

Today though, the Dons captain will be hoping McLeod endures a frustrating day in front of goal as he returns to Milton Keynes for the first time with his new club Portsmouth.


McLeod’s spell with the Dons came when the Club were in free-fall and after surviving relegation from League 1 in his first year, they fell to basement division the following year and in his final campaign at the National Hockey Stadium the Dons were knocked out of the League 2 play-offs by Shrewsbury.


Despite enduring all of that, McLeod managed to etch his name into Dons history by becoming the Club’s all-time leading goal scorer, a record he still holds to this day.


“Izale is a fantastic player who scored a bucketful of goals here,” Lewington said. “Sometimes people forget that he did score a lot of goals here, people remember that he missed quite a few as well but he created goals too.


“He got a move to Charlton and it was just a shame that he never got the chance to prove himself because of the injury. I have fond memories of Izale’s time he was always good to be around. I’m glad he proved himself at Barnet and is now at a big club with the chance to push on again.


“It was a shame, for a lad who was our top goal scorer you would have thought he would have been adored. Part of that was down to his work rate and his attitude at times, but he scored an incredible amount of goals in a team that was fourth and fifth from bottom. It is something to look at and realise how well he did when he was here.


“As someone who played with Izale I know he did care, he always meant well and he always wanted to do well. He managed to score against us for Barnet last year, I don’t want it to happen again and he is one of many who will pose a threat from Portsmouth.”


Pompey endured a tough year last season, falling into administration, deducted 10 points and subsequently they were relegated from the Championship. Still in administration, Portsmouth find themselves in 14th place in the table, but head to stadiummk on the back of two victories.


Lewington added: “They have had some fantastic highs over the past 10 years – I remember watching them playing in the Europa League against AC Milan and it doesn’t seem that long ago, but things have changed very fast. You just feel sorry for the genuine people at the club, the players and the fans.


"Something has gone massively wrong there – there has been a failure at some level and it is always the innocent ones who have to dig into their pockets to help them out."


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