Despite working with MK Dons manager Russell Martin for just three competitive games, Lee Nicholls says he’s seen a difference in performance levels since the 33-year-old’s appointment.
Nicholls, who has started two of the three matches under Martin, noted how the former Scotland international’s transition from teammate to manager has been a positive one.
“The dressing room environment has been quite similar because we’re all a close bunch,” Nicholls told iFollow MK Dons in the build-up to today’s clash.
“The performances have improved so we have to build on that. We’ve got a chance to win today, even though Rotherham are a very good side. We have to go into it and be positive and aim for three points as we would do for any other game.”
He added: “We’ve been unlucky recently but we have to stick together. The whole Club has to pull together, from the chairman to the fans, to help us out of this rut.”
Joe Mason made his first start of the season against Bolton Wanderers last weekend. The 28-year-old missed the start of the campaign due to injury, but Nicholls says the striker can make a difference moving forwards.
“Mase is a very good player,” Nicholls commented. “He’s frustrating for a keeper because he’s one of those players who doesn’t look like he hits it hard, but it finds the corner every time.
“I’m con dent he can start doing that on the pitch soon and help us win some games.”