THE fans regularly call for him to appear from the substitutes bench, but Adam Chicksen is happy to wait for his chance to play first team football for MK Dons.
The versatile defender admits he might have to play out of position if he is to earn a spot in the starting 11.
During Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Stevenage at stadium:mk, Chicksen came on to play in a left midfield role, floating crosses into the box for Charlie MacDonald and Ryan Lowe to attack.
But despite the result, Chicksen believes that Dons will bounce back.
He said: “We’re gutted, but our spirits are still high. None of our heads have dropped and we’re looking forward to Tuesday. The Stevenage game has gone now and we’ve got to move on to get three points.
“The gaffer told me to get wide and get crosses in, and make an impact that way. I knew Potter and Gleeson were going to get the ball out wide to me, so I just stayed out there and waited for it. I just needed to get the ball in the box, but it just didn’t drop for us.”
After making an impressive start to the season at right-back in the absence of Jon Otsemobor, the 21-year-old has found himself restricted to a place among the substitutes of late, though has found himself a cult status with the fans who cheer his name.
But despite losing his place in the starting line-up, Chicksen is still upbeat.
“I’ve found myself on the bench, but I’m still in good spirits,” he said. “I work hard in training and I know my time will come. That’s all I can do – wait for my chances and take them when they come.
“I feel like I’ve been playing well, and it’s not up to me to decide! All I can do is keep playing well and keep putting myself forward.
“I’m just happy to play. I don’t mind if the manager plays me at left back, right back, centre back! I just want to play. I’ve got the captain in front of me, so my games have to come from somewhere! But if I have to play out of position, which I suppose isn’t out of position any more, then I will.”
And while things on the pitch aren’t going to plan for Karl Robinson and his side, Chicksen believes that it is only a matter of time before Dons get motoring once again.
He said: “I’d be frustrated if we weren’t getting the balls in the right areas and weren’t creating the chances. If we weren’t playing like we normally do, it would get us frustrated, sure, but I see us turning the corner soon because we do dominate teams.”