DONS WON’T BOW DOWN TO PRES­SURE

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Nick Lough

MK DONS striker Dean Bowditch be­lieves play­ing at­trac­tive, free-flow­ing foot­ball is in their DNA – and the re­sults will fol­low as they bid to bury fears over rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter their eye-catching style saw them pro­moted from League One last sea­son, Karl Robin­son’s men have strug­gled to adapt to the rigours of sec­ond-tier foot­ball with the added pres­sure of bat­tling against the spend­ing power of some of the league’s big boys.

Phi­los­o­phy

“It’s been tougher than we ex­pected,” Bowditch told The FLP. “We knew it was go­ing to be hard – the amount of money be­ing spent in the Cham­pi­onship is phe­nom­e­nal so for us to make that step up has been dif­fi­cult.

“We seem to keep in games quite well and are only los­ing by the odd goal here and there; we never really lose by three or four and get run off the park.

“Against Not­ting­ham For­est we went 2-0 down early on and some­times you see teams crum­ble but we didn’t.

“We went the other way and played bet­ter (they even­tu­ally lost 2-1).

“Some of our per­for­mances have shown that we de­serve to be in this league and hope­fully we get enough points to re­main in it.”

De­spite sit­ting just above the drop zone, MK Dons haven’t opted for a change in tac­tics and Bowditch in­sists it’s un­likely the team will al­ter the way they play any time soon.

“We have a phi­los­o­phy at the club we like to stick to and the man­ager has sus­tained that through the leagues.

“He’s al­ways said that he wants to win or lose the right way; I think teams in this league have pun­ished us when we’ve made mis­takes but our play is very open with at­trac­tive, pass­ing foot­ball.

“He wants to keep play­ing this way and I don’t think we’ll ever change, but if we keep putting in those per­for­mances the tide will turn.”

Happy

On a per­sonal note, the 29year-old striker is en­ter­ing a fifth sea­son at sta­di­umMK, and af­ter a dif­fi­cult first few years be­lieves the team have fi­nally started to find some rhythm.

He said: “I came to the club when we were in the play-off area and in my first sea­son we missed out nar­rowly.

“Last year we just seemed to click, we had some out­stand­ing play­ers at the club.

“I have set my­self a goals tar­get that I’d like to reach which I never tell any­one so I’ll try and hit that, but I just want to re­main fit and be happy; life’s too short not to enjoy your­self and play the beau­ti­ful game.”

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