Mitch Hancox netted his first goal in an MK Dons shirt on Tuesday night – but insists he would’ve much preferred to pick up the win over Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s.
The 24-year-old converted from Lawson D’Ath’s cross to give the Dons a second-half lead adding to Kieran Agard’s early strike.
However, Aaron Connolly’s hat-trick ultimately eliminated Paul Tisdale’s side from the Checkatrade Trophy.
“IIt was nice to get on the scoresheet – it would’ve been better to win the game and go through, though,” the defender told iFollow MK Dons.
“I thought we done well in parts of our game, but we didn’t take our chances, and we got caught out. It was a good run out for the boys – it’s a shame we couldn’t progress.
Hancox, who has impressed whenever given the chance, knows he has to be patient in order to get his chance such is the form of Dean Lewington.
“The lads are doing really well in the league and Lewie is obviously playing in my position – he’s been class. It was important for me to get competitive minutes under my belt and try to impress Tis.
“Lewie has been class with me ever since I signed for the Club. I’ve been trying to learn how he plays and what he does so I can adapt my game to become a better player.
“I spoke to him before and after the game, we’re here to support each other – I’ve just got to bide my time.”
Hancox also praised the environment Tisdale and his staff have created, where the players on the periphery of the squad continue to push those who start.
“The lads who aren’t playing are making sure they are working hard and doing their extra bits – they are pushing the starters as much as they can.
“If they are called upon they are ready to take the opportunity, it’s just about being patient and waiting for your chance.
“It would’ve been nice to get to Wembley, but the league is our bread and butter, now we can just solely focus on training and get to where we want to be."
Mitch Hancox and MK Dons will look to return to winning ways on Saturday when they entertain Macclesfield Town at Stadium MK.
Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office/cash-only ticket booths or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.