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Izale: Professional performance

12 November 2013

Striker Izale McLeod feels he and his team-mates put in a professional performance to see off FC Halifax Town last Saturday.

McLeod, MK Dons’ all-time leading goalscorer, scored twice for the Dons last weekend as they booked their place in the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup with Budweiser with a 4-1 victory over their Skrill Premier opponents.

The Shaymen, to their credit, did make things difficult for Karl Robinson’s men but McLeod was just pleased to see the side avoid a potential Cup upset. Speaking to MK Dons Player after the match, the 29-year-old said: “Getting through to the next round was the most important thing.

“We’d spoken about it all week, you know when you’re playing against a lower League team it’s a potential banana skin. We had to make sure we were proper professionals, work hard and get the job done which is what we did.

“Credit to them they made it difficult for us, they worked hard. We knew we had to patient because we knew they were going to sit back so to get the goal in the first half was a godsend because it relaxed everyone and we could just enjoy ourselves after that.

, we’re a really hard team to beat.”mkstadium“The boys played really well and we showed that when we work hard, especially here at

Saturday’s match saw McLeod make only his first home start of the season, in what has been a frustrating start to the 2013/14 campaign, but the prolific forward is happy to remain patient in his bid for a starting berth,

“I was really pleased to have got the start on Saturday” he added. “It’s was 9th of November and it was my first home start of the season so it was a long time coming. 

“If you asked any footballer they’d say they want to start every game and I’m no different. When you start a game you feel as though you’ve got more time to get into it and get your touches on the ball whereas when you’re coming off the bench you’ve usually only got 10 or 15 minutes to try and impress.

“I’ve just got to remain patient and hopefully I can start more games in the near future.”

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