Dickenson, who moved to Stadium MK this summer, missed the majority of pre-season due to injury but returned to action in the Sky Bet League One clash with Peterborough United a fortnight ago before coming into the XI for his first start against Stevenage.
“I was happy to make my first start for the Club,” Dickenson said in his exclusive interview with iFollow MK Dons after completing 65 minutes and helping the Dons to a 3-0 win.
“I was excited to hear the news that I was starting. I had to bide my time knowing that eventually, I would get my chance. Tonight I got that and I felt like I gave a good account of myself.
“I’m happy I got 60 minutes out of myself and I’m pleased we got the three points. Now, I’ve just got to keep working hard in training to keep myself in shape. I’ve just got to push on now.”
Dickenson was utilised in a wing-back role alongside Dean Lewington, who slotted into the left of a back three. The 26-year-old told iFollow MK Dons that playing alongside the club captain gave him the confidence to express himself.
“I’ve played there before and it’s always hard getting up and down but that’s the way Tis wants us to play in that position.
“Deano was covering me quite well tonight which gave me some freedom going forward. He was looking after me, making sure I was in the right positions at the right time. He’s a great player to have alongside me.”
Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Stevenage secured the Dons a winning start in the Leasing.com Trophy - a competition which Dickenson views as valuable to the team, especially for players in his shoes.
“It’s a very important competition for the players that need the minutes. It’s the perfect opportunity for someone like me to get my first start for the Club. It gives us the chance to get the minutes and build a foundation ahead of the weekend’s game.”
Dickenson was also asked how he’s settling into life at Stadium MK following his summer transfer from Colchester United and the versatile wide-man only had positive things to say about his first few months as a Dons player.
“It’s been amazing,” he commented. “The welcome has been really good. The lads have been great. “It probably helped there were a few new players as we were all in the same boat, but I feel like I’ve settled in really well. I’m looking forward to what I hope can be a really good season.”