Dean Lewington was full of appreciation for all those involved in ensuring his Testimonial match went smoothly.
“It was nice,” Lewington told MK Dons Player. “It was a strange feeling because it’s something you don’t experience all the time. I think it’s the first time officials have ever clapped me too, so that’s a first!”
“It was a nice touch and I’m thankful to the boys, the fans and Nottingham Forest for making it such a good day. From my point view it went really well, it was a good game and a good crowd.”
Before the game, Lewington explained his decision to hold his Testimonial as a pre-season fixture in order to avoid the fan-fair and also help the side continue their preparations for the 2014/15 Sky Bet League1 season.
The full-back, therefore, was pleased he and his teammates put were able to put in an impressive performance against Championship opposition and come away with a 1-0 victory.
He added: “It was really pleasing. In the first half, especially, we played really well, we passed it really well and we looked dangerous. It was a very positive day, especially with the quality of opponent.
“It was the first 90 minutes for a lot of the boys so there’s still a lot of work to do. We’re just starting to work on patterns of play in training now so it’s starting to take shape and hopefully there will be some more improvement next week and the week after before the start of the season.”
While Sunday’s game was all about Lewington, the focus for Tuesday’s trip to Cambridge United will surround another one of the Dons’ all-time greats, Luke Chadwick, who joined the U’s this summer after six years at stadiummk.
“It will be good to see Chaddy,” Lewington said. “It’s a shame that he left so abruptly, really, as we didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye and thank him for the hard years that he did here.
“It will be nice to see him and it will be nice for the fans to get that closure with him.”