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McLeod's pride in 61 not out

7 March 2013

Izale McLeod was elated after re-opening his Dons account in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

The Club’s all-time leading goalscorer broke the deadlock against the League leaders moments after coming on as a substitute, pouncing on Ryan Lowe’s parried shot to net his first goal since re-joining the Dons from Portsmouth in early January.
 
That first-half strike made it 61 goals in 143 Dons appearances for McLeod, who revealed his delight when speaking to MK Dons Player after the game.
 
“I’m delighted to get my first goal since re-joining and hopefully many more will follow. It fell nicely to me and I gambled that the ‘keeper would spill the shot and I just reacted. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time and thankfully it went in.
 
“Along with the goal, I got two assists as well and so I’m really pleased with my performance but the most important thing was that we won.
 
“We felt comfortable throughout and we played some really good stuff. We kept the ball well and when it was time to get in behind them and put them on the back foot, we did that. I think we mixed it up really well and I don’t think they could cope with that.
 
“Myself, the boys and the coaching staff have all been reasonably pleased with the way we’ve been playing these last few weeks. Wins obviously haven’t been coming and we’ve only been able to put draws on the board so to finally get a victory, at home against the team at the top of League – it was a good way to do it.”
 
The elusive victory saw the Dons climb to within ten points of sixth-placed Tranmere Rovers, with two games in hand and Birmingham-born McLeod is hopeful that he and his team-mates can now use the momentum to re-ignite their play-off push.
 
“I don’t want to tempt fate but we’ve got a bit of momentum at the moment. We’re unbeaten in five now, so if we can continue this run then we’ve got a really good chance of pushing to where we want to be.
 
“I know we’ve had a lot of draws but we’ve got a win to our name now and if we can add to that then we’ll definitely have the momentum going into the play offs, if we get there, and it’s normally the team who have the best form in the play-offs that eventually go up.”

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