Having impressed in the left-wing back role in Tuesday’s clash with Luton Town – Mitch Hancox knows he’ll have to be patient to earn his chance in the such is the form of Dean Lewington.
The 24-year-old has made three appearances so far this season since his arrival from Macclesfield Town in the summer and believes he must bide his time and take his opportunities when gets the chance to impress.
The defender spoke highly of Club legend who has been in imperious form so far this campaign.
“I've been waiting patiently for my chance,” Hancox told the media following the full-time whistle.
“I know Lewie has been playing really well so I can’t go to the manager and ask why I’m not playing.
“I have to remain patient, I know if I can keep fit, and impress here tonight – I’ll get my chance soon.”
The Solihull-born defender also provided an honest assessment on the Dons Checkatrade Trophy defeat to The Hatters and feels Paul Tisdale’s half-time team talk gave the men from MK1 more freedom in the second half, while he also spoke highly of a competition that allows the likes of Hancox the chance to impress.
“We said at halftime we were half-a-yard off it, and I think in the second half, we changed shape and really got in their faces. At the end of the day, it's a learning curve, we've got minutes in the tank, it's a shame we've lost but we go again on Saturday.
“To be fair to the lads who aren't playing all the time, everyone is doing the extras. You can't substitute for match minutes, but you do as best you can to top up. Once you’re ready, you have to be ready to take your chance.
“It was a good run out for the boys, but you never like losing any games. I felt in parts we did well but we showed a bit of inexperience for their goals.”
Hancox concluded, “At 2-0, the keeper has pulled off two worldies with that double save. If we'd have got that, it would have been a different game.”
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Cambridge United are priced at £20 adults, £15 concessions/wheelchair users and only £1 under-18s while under-5s go FREE, if bought in advance of matchday from MK Dons. Tickets purchased on the day of the game at The Abbey Stadium will be subject to a price increase as detailed below.
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