MK Dons midfielder Ryan Watson is looking for the team to build on their positive start to the season.
The midfielder spoke after the Dons Checkatrade Trophy game with Peterborough United. He said that the team’s array of options showed strength in depth, and they had the opportunity to have a good season. He also said it would be good for the team to re-charge with their game at Yeovil postponed.
He said, “There’s strength in depth and we all want to be playing on Saturday afternoons in the league. We take it one game at a time at the moment, but I think there’s the opportunity to do something good.
“It’ll do us good to re-charge. I think we’ll all be ready to go again in two weeks and hopefully we can carry on the way we’ve started this season and be able to go again.”
In terms of the game itself, Watson admitted frustration the team threw away their 3-0 half-time lead, but was still impressed by the nerve showed in the penalty shoot-out to pick up the bonus point.
He said, “It was a little frustrating in the second half to concede the 3 goals, but in the first half, I thought we were brilliant and played well in spells. In the second, we should’ve killed the game off and they scored three good goals.
“I don’t think anyone missed for us. All the lads took the penalties well and showed good nerve. It was frustrating not to win in normal time, but we achieved the next goal to win the shootout.”
Speaking about his own game, Watson felt he had a productive afternoon, with the midfielder notching up assists for 2 of the Dons’ 3 goals.
He said, “I felt I was getting on the ball in good positions and trying to link the play. I like playing a little further forward and I thought it suited me today. The pitch was good and we played some really good stuff at times.”
Watson also praised the efforts of Baily Cargill for his work in the lead-up to the opening goal, and for the returning 2 goal attacker Chuks Aneke.
He said, “Baily played a great ball and I was able to just run onto it and put the ball in for Chuks to finish. It was a good goal.
“He’s a good player who’s going to help us if he plays. He showed tonight he’s going to be a goal threat, and his attitude tonight was spot on.”