Although MK Dons were knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the hands of Northampton Town on Tuesday, one positive was an assured debut from Under-18s captain Mason Spence.
Making his first senior appearance for the Dons, 17-year-old Mason didn’t look out of place as he put in an impressive performance at full-back in place of the rested Jon Otsemobor.
Eager to get forward at every opportunity and always looking to play the ball on the floor, Mason did himself the world of good during his 66-minute stint and the second-year scholar certainly paid back the confidence showed in him by manager Karl Robinson.
Speaking to mkdons.com after the game, the Milton Keynes-based defender said: “It was a great privilege and I’m lucky to have been given the opportunity.
“I’ve been waiting for this for so long and now to finally get it is just a great feeling.”
Lining up alongside experienced players such as Alan Smith, Antony Kay and Jimmy Bullard, Mason was thankful for the support of his teammates during his time on the pitch.
“It was always going to be hard, I’m just a young boy compared to some out there but I had the players talking to me throughout the game.
“Antony Kay was talking to me constantly; always encouraging, giving me advice and helping me out and with that you only grow in confidence.”
The Dons were knocked out thanks to a terrific strike from Jake Robinson but Mason, who was named on the bench against Swindon Town, was surprised the Dons didn’t come out on top.
“I have no idea how we lost that; I’ve never seen so many chances in all my life.
“We were totally dominant, kept the ball, created enough opportunities it’s just a shame we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“It was just one of the games but I’m sure the lads will do well at the weekend and for the rest of the season.”
The talented full-back has been with the Club for numerous years and wouldn’t go without praising his Academy coaches for giving him the opportunity to feature for his local club.
“The philosophies the same throughout the Club; from Dan to Mike to the Gaffer.
“Without that we wouldn’t be able to come into the first team and settle in comfortable so it’s important we’re bred the right way throughout the whole academy system.”
The full interview with Mason will be available on MK Dons Player tomorrow.