GOAL scorer Dean Bowditch is expecting Christmas Day off next year after he netted the first of three goals in Dons’ 3-0 victory at Leyton Orient on Boxing Day.
Karl Robinson agreed to let his players enjoy Christmas at home with their families before travelling to the Matchroom Stadium on the day of the game, and it certainly paid off as they cruised to victory thanks to goals from Bowditch, a screamer from Adam Smith and a poachers finish from Charlie MacDonald.
Afterwards, Robinson praised his side’s performance against Orient as they continue to put to bed the ghosts of last season.
“We’ve been to Tranmere and Carlisle and now here and won convincingly,” Robinson said after the game. “It stands us in good stead. And we’re scoring good goals too. I want an own goal, or one to bounce in off one of us, but as long as the team keeps performing then I’m happy.
“The first goal was just typical of us. Six or seven passes, cross, goal.
“You won’t see many better goals than that, and we work on those sorts of things in training.
“I had a go at Charlie MacDonald in the first half because I felt he needed to shoot more. So when he scored he ran over and shouted ‘leave me to do my job!’ but that’s what we signed him for. He’s here to tap those in, doing it week in week out for us.”
“We seem to be playing well home and away at the moment, that’s why we are where we are, but our points tally this year would have put us top last season. That shows how strong the division is. You need to put runs together like we have done and we aren’t far off the top.
“We had Christmas Day off so we could all spend it with our families, and they players paid us back. Some of them have said we should have Christmas Day off next year as well.”
And Bowditch, who scored the opener on Boxing Day, echoed his manager’s sentiments, saying having Christmas Day off paid dividends.
“Hopefully we’ll get it off next year as well. It was great to see all the family – I couldn’t have too much stuffing or Christmas pudding, but we showed that we were prepared well enough to put in a good performance and win convincingly.
“We said before the Christmas period that coming to Orient will be a tough test. They were high on confidence and they showed that at the beginning of the game, but we have come away with the points.
“We want all nine points over Christmas because we want to push on, we want promotion. Anything less won’t be good enough for us so hopefully we can come away from the Brentford game with another three points.”
With Bowditch and MacDonald both on the scoresheet at the Matchroom Stadium, the former Yeovil man is keen to beat his fellow strikers to become Dons’ top scorer this season.
“Of course there is competition between the three of us. I know that Charlie (MacDonald) and Jabo (Ibehre) want to finish the season as top goal scorer, but it’s great to have that spirit in the team. Hopefully now we can keep knocking the goals in.”