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Captain Dean delighted with character

20 January 2015

The Dons recorded their first win of 2015 on Saturday and skipper Dean Lewington was delighted to see the side do so, despite a difficult week at stadiummk.

Karl Robinson’s men kept the pressure on the top two in Sky Bet League 1 with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United, courtesy of Carl Baker’s fifth goal of the season midway through the second half.

The result made up for a tough seven days for the men from MK1, who lost top scorer Benik Afobe to Wolves and midfield general Darren Potter at the last minute due to personal reasons.  

“It was a good win, especially with the week that we’ve had – losing players and Pottsy unavailable at the last minute too,” Lewington told Dons Player. “It was a good reaction considering a few things have gone against us.

“It was a real hard-fought game. They are a top-quality team and we knew it would be a difficult game. They are a team that play well in big games and especially away from home they are really tough team to beat.

“In the end we’ve done enough to win the game. We’re really pleased with the result but also the way we’ve played because for large parts of the game we’ve dominated and played some good stuff.”

While last week saw one striker depart from stadiummk, it also saw one arrive in the form of Jonson Clarke-Harris, who joined the Club on a one-month loan from Rotherham United.

The 20-year-old made his debut as a substitute in the victory over the Blades and impressed during his cameo.

“He came in late (Friday) afternoon so we hadn’t trained with him and didn’t really know much about him. The gaffer told us he’s a decent player but having not played with him we didn’t really know his strengths.

“I think the first time he went up for a ball in the air and won it, it was a bit of a shock to everyone. He looks a decent player, he’s quick and he’s strong, so the early signs are promising.”

Saturday’s win saw the Dons move 12 points clear of sixth-placed Bradford City but Lewington insists the side are only looking up the table, although still taking things one game at a time.

“The top four are really starting to pull away and below that there are maybe 11 or 12 teams all on similar points but we don’t really look below us in the table, we are looking up rather than down.

“We’re just concentrating on ourselves and taking things one game at a time. In the next month and into February, we’ve got some big games and we’ll look and see where we are then before setting realistic targets.”

stadium on Saturday when they host Barnsley - tickets are priced at £20 for adults, £15 for seniors and £6 for under-18s - under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership. mkLewington & co are back in action at/the kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343mkstadium, visit the Box Office athereTo purchase tickets click .

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