By Jake Lennon
Welcome to Jake who fancies doing a bit of writing for us, he has plenty of ideas, and we are always happy to give someone new a go…hope you enjoy it and look out for more from Jake soon.
Well, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster hasn’t it? We’ve certainly got our money’s worth considering the number of goals we’ve seen, and it’s amazing that we’re at a GD of 0 considering Dons fans have seen their team score a whopping 6 goals in 3 games! Attacking form like that and a bit of a shore up on our defence should see us pushing at the right end of the table, and Liam Manning’s MK Army certainly seems capable of sustaining the attacking, fluid style of play we’ve come to associate with our team.
Mo and Troy have been linking up well at the front, switching between from the left and right flanks to give our attack the potency needed to scare even the most turgid of defences and relying on the consistency of Twine playing as a CAM behind them. Harry’s been a Darling as a rock-solid CB and, against Charlton, had the benefit of playing with O’Hora and Jules either side of him while Baldwin and Harvie employed Wing-Back roles. Furthermore, what little we’ve seen of Josh Martin has certainly gotten us at KotD excited for what awaits.
Indeed, the little-known Liam Manning has proven an adept replacement for Russell Martin, having narrowly lost his first game in charge against Sunderland (coming just one day after his arrival) and inspiring our boys to a stunning comeback win against Charlton. A recent interview on the MK1 Podcast (shout-out to Liam, Russ, and Joe over there) with Belgian journo Sven Claes has certainly given us reason to believe that he has the credentials to give us a season to remember. A quiet, stoic presence on the touchline who’s more tactical than vocal, he’ll be a far-cry from the ever-audible Russell Martin but a 46%-win ratio with the unfancied Lommel SK last season gives us reason to believe there’s substance in the silence.
Whatever happens this season, Eisa’s celebration after getting off the mark at home to Charlton shows the importance of having fans in the stadium; him hugging and celebrating with the home supporters was a sight to behold. Hopefully, with results going our way and the reduced cost of a Season Ticket (£10 a game!) he’ll have even more to celebrate with come the business end of the year.