Midfielder Ben Reeves wants to make it two Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finals in consecutive years and so is eager to make it past Stevenage this evening.
Reeves, 21, helped Southend United reach the Final of the competition last season while on loan with the seaside club, but could only get his hands on a runners-up medal as the Shrimpers lost 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra.
Therefore the former Southampton trainee, who played a role in the Dons’ opening round win over Northampton Town last month and could feature again this evening due to the lengthy absentee list, is keen to get back to the national stadium for a second shot at lifting the trophy.
Speaking to MK Dons Player, he said: “I’d love to get back to Wembley, having lost their last year. I was playing with an injury in that game, unfortunately, but it was a great experience and to get there again would be unbelievable.
“Stevenage is obviously a hard place to go and they’ll be looking for payback, almost after our last game. I think it’ll be a completely different game, going to their place will be different and they’ll no doubt play differently. I’m sure they’ll be right up for it but the main thing for us to get a result and hopefully kick-start a run in the JPT.”
“Personally, there are a few people out injured at the moment so it might give me a chance to get a run of games. It might come in a position unfamiliar to me and if that’s the case I’m happy to play wherever. I just have to wait and see but the important thing is we go and get the win tonight.”
Ben Reeves giving out orders for Southend United at Wembley Stadium in the 2013 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final