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Lewie praises ‘excellent’ start to calendar year

27 April 2021

Dean Lewington believes The Dons campaign is ending too soon and praised the start to the calendar year that Russell Martin’s side have made.

Since the defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 19th December 2020, MK Dons have played 25 games and picked up 14 wins – a number that is tied second-best in Sky Bet League One.

From the aforementioned games, Martin’s men have picked up 45 points – a tally that is tied for third-best in the division. They’ve also shown their potency in front of goal, netting 43 goals – tied fifth-best in the division.

The Dons enter Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood Town having won their last three games without conceding a single goal. During that stretch of fixtures, they’ve also found the back of the net eight times.

“We could do with another few games - it's just the way it has panned out,” Lewington told iFollow MK Dons. “It was a really tough start to the season, losing and selling a few players and implementing a new style.

“Since January, we've been excellent. We're tying all the ends together and we're looking a much better team. The finish line is coming a little too quickly for us but we're enjoying the way it has been going.”

Lewington reserved praise for a number of players involved in the win including Ethan Laird and Will Grigg.

“It was like the old days. He got two early on and we said at half time there was every chance of getting a hat-trick, which he got after about a minute of the second half. It's nice for him because four or five games ago, the ball was bouncing the other side of the post.

“Ethan is a different dynamic on the right. It's a bit more direct with Ethan, using his raw pace. I'm still getting used to playing with him but it's working pretty well. He just needs a bit of encouragement and the freedom to express himself.

“ I try and do as much of his defensive duties as I can to help him express himself. He's really improved since he first came here, he's come on leaps and bounds. It's just a shame we won't get to keep him.”

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