Russell Martin reserved special praise for young defender Matthew Sorinola, after he secured his second Man of the Match Award of the campaign.
The first-year professional was recognised as the top performer by supporters in both of MK Dons’ Leasing.com Trophy ties at Stadium MK, including Tuesday’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers.
“I really like him as a player and as a person,” Martin said of Sorinola, when speaking to the media after the 2-1 defeat to the Chairboys.
“He's technically right up there with anyone in the squad – he wants to play. I love his calmness too - for a young lad, he's so composed.
“He defended really well. People may question his size but when you're as brave as he is to play with the ball and get in people's faces and shut them down, he has so much ability and potential.
“It’s now up to us now to develop him. He might need some experience in men's football regularly but if he carries on playing like that, and like he did in the last game, he'll get chances.”
Next up for MK Dons is Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash with Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £12 seniors/under-23s and £10 under-18s, while Official Away Travel is priced at £22 Season Ticket holders and £23 all other supporters.
To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.