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Captain's message

Dean Lewington previews Saturday’s clash with Bradford City…

9 March 2018

MK Dons are currently in 22nd place in the Sky Bet League One table, with the gap to safety sitting at six points.

Despite their lowly standing, Club captain Dean Lewington believes that the Dons need to 'free themselves of their shackles' and play with freedom in order to pick up results.

"We are where we are - the worst has happened," Lewington said in his pre-match press conference.

"It can't get any worse than this - it's not like we can drop into the relegation zone because we're already in it. The only way is up from here so we almost have to free ourselves from that pressure, and just give it our all and play.

"It's a case of going out there, freeing ourselves from the shackles and playing with the freedom you need to be successful."

Lewington added, "We don't want to have a victim mentality. While it was unlucky [Bristol Rovers' goal], we need to look at how they got it in the first place. The gaffer has tried to stop the 'poor us' feelings because there are things we can stop doing to prevent these mistakes."

As the most experienced player in the Dons dressing room, the 33-year-old also spoke about his role in keeping the side positive throughout the week and ensuring the heads aren't dropping.

"I say my piece at half-time and after the game, but Monday to Friday is a different environment. I do the rounds and make sure everyone is okay.

"We have a lot of good people here and there have been a lot of individual meetings, showing individuals that they're not a million miles away. Sometimes you can feel way off it but really, it's just a few yards here or there."

While Micciche is yet to win a game during his tenure at Stadium MK, Lewington believes there has been a different on the training pitch and the players are pushing in the same direction to get that much-needed three points.

"The training has been some of the best since I've been at the Club. We are well drilled and know our jobs - we're doing the right things. Come Saturday, we miss a chance, we make a mistake and we lose 1-0. It looks terrible - but we're doing the right things."

Lewington concluded, "We're looking for the results for the gaffer."

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Bradford City can now only be bought at the Northern Commercials Stadium, cash only. Tickets are priced at £25 adults, £15 seniors/students, £10 under-16s and £5 under-11s.


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