Fitness first for Dons after brushing Rushden aside in first

Creating it via their to start with activity of pre-period unscathed was the most critical point for MK Dons’ assistant head mentor Chris Hogg on Tuesday night.

Dons brushed apart non-league opponents AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4- at Hayden Street in their very first run out since losing to Wycombe Wanderers in the League Just one enjoy-offs in Might.

The new-appear Dons appeared in manage during, with two plans in each and every fifty percent from Josh McEachran Dan Kemp, Nathan Holland and Ethan Robson placing the activity past Rushden’s achieve.

With every single player offered 45 minutes, Hogg mentioned additional so than the scoreline, players’ exercise was the most significant point on the night.

“The very first recreation is normally about obtaining via it with no any injuries,” he mentioned afterwards. “There is absolutely nothing like games. The lads came as a result of it, received some excellent exercise do the job in and it was superior for them to enjoy yet again.

“Players just like taking part in. We’ve experienced two solid months of instruction, we’re building on it now and starting to ramp it out.

“But it was a excellent operate out, it was good to see folks at game titles yet again, and it was a seriously positive night time.

“It’s great to see a number of targets and for the boys to construct up a little bit of rhythm in those attacking areas. Our attacking operate a thing we’re coming all around to now. Tonight we noticed some truly very good indications.”

Nonetheless seeking to fortify the very first team squad soon after a crystal clear-out at the conclusion of previous period, Dons were being still left pretty slim on the ground and named two sides in each individual 50 percent comprehensive of youth potential customers from the academy, the youngest of them remaining Callum Tripp at just 15.

The midfielder, who was named on the bench for the first group a several instances final time, had a solid game in the centre of park and even bought an support to his title following sliding Kemp in to net Dons’ next just in advance of 50 % time.

“It was terrific to see some of the young lads out tonight,” Hogg additional. “Callum is 1 we have experienced coaching with us a minimal little bit past period. He’s a superior human currently being, a excellent person, has very good behaviours, like all of them seriously.

“They came right here seeking to get far better and to enhance. I was seriously delighted with them.”