MK Dons’ Checkatrade Trophy journey came to an end on Wednesday night, as they were defeated 4-0 by a Chelsea side containing the likes of Charly Musonda, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi.
It was the Belgian international that gave Chelsea Under-21s the lead 22 minutes into the game before the forward found the net for the second time just three minutes before half-time. Youngster, Callum Hudson-Odoi added a third on the stroke of half-time before Musonda made it 4-0 on 56 minutes.
Robbie Neilson used the competition to field individuals within his squad that were after much needed playing time including Wieger Sietsma, Joe Walsh and Robbie Muirhead, elsewhere academy graduates Brandon Thomas-Asante, Sam Nombe and David Kasumu were all part of the squad.
Speaking to iFollow MK Dons following the final whistle George Williams is eager to put the defeat behind him and focus on climbing the Sky Bet League One table.
“It’s never nice to lose at home, especially in the way we did – we never want to do that. Chelsea had a strong team though with a lot of expensive players so it’s a huge learning curve for us but we’re focused on Shrewsbury Town now.
“When the team news came through of course there were a few eyebrows raised Batshuayi cost a lot of money and so did Kenedy but you just have to deal with it. Of course, we are disappointed but we are solely focused on league football now.
“We are one win away from getting that momentum in the dressing room, of course, Shrewsbury have started well but there is no reason why we cant match them and get a good result.”
As we approach the busy Christmas period with a vast amount of fixtures within such a short space of time Williams knows it’s a chance to make some ground.
“We want to put a run together over this busy period and focus on the league. We’re really excited and we’re itching to get back out there, get some results and get some wins in the bag.
“The confidence is still high, we’ve got a good set of lads and we’re one club and we will dig together to make it right.”