Despite Jack Davies’ Sky Bet League One debut coming in defeat, Jack Davies says he’s proud to have chalked off another milestone for the club he’s spent over eight years with.
The 18-year-old penned his first professional contract with MK Dons in the Summer and since then has been included in the Matchday Squad on numerous occasions.
Following the full-time whistle at the Western Homes Stadium, Davies gave a mature assessment of the clash, noting the defeat can be viewed as a ‘minor setback’ should Dons pick up points in their upcoming fixtures.
“I think we matched them in possession, so it's frustrating to get done on the counter three times,” Davies told iFollow MK Dons. “I think we were good throughout, the first half wasn't as good as we expected, but hopefully this is only a minor setback because we've been really good in the last few weeks - we have to bounce back on Tuesday.”
“The way we play, going forwards in possession, we look to camp in their half and wear the other team down. It's hard when you're defending and you have to be switched on all the time - today gives us something to learn from.”
Russell Martin has proved he isn’t scared to play his young talented stars, with both Jack Davies and Lewis Johnson substitutes in Saturday’s clash with Peterborough United.
Having progressed through the academy system at Stadium MK, Davies says the transition into First Team football has been made easier by a familiar style of play throughout his formative years with the club.
“From a young age, I've been taught to play out, not just for the sake of it but with a purpose. The gaffer is brilliant with us younger guys and really believes in us. We’re never going to change the way we play. It's a testament to us and the staff to make sure we play effectively.
“It's always easier coming into a team with someone you have been playing with and someone around your age. I've been in and around the first team for quite a while now so I'm settled within the group, but for Lewis, it's great to have me and even older guys like Matty Sorinola to be there for him, he's someone to go to for help.
“All the hours of my dad driving me to training, to away games, and for me too – all the hours as a kid, training, playing, it's excellent. It is any young lads' dream. I want to kick on now and see how far I can get.”
Russell Martin's MK Dons will look to return to winning ways on Tuesday when they take on Fleetwood Town at Stadium MK.
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