Debut specialist Wootton admits a nervous summer

Scott Wootton. Pic: MK Dons PNL-160820-170026002
Scott Wootton. Pic: MK Dons PNL-160820-170026002

Scott Wootton admits he is something of a debut specialist after he scored the only goal of the game as MK Dons beat Rochdale 1-0.

The 24-year-old met Ed Upson’s 94th minute free kick to nod home the winner - his fourth goal while making a debut for a club.

“I can’t explain it. I scored on my league debut for Tranmere, my second debut at Peterborough and for Leeds in the Cup at Doncaster. But today tops the lot, with it being the winner. The most important thing though is the win.

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“It was a tough game. We had to withstand a lot of pressure, but I can’t remember Dave having to make many saves. It’s going to be hard to play our style of football every week, especially coming to teams like Rochdale, on small pitches when they want to stop us playing.

“When you’re not at your best, we had to dig deep and show a lot of character. We had to withstand a lot of crosses and pressure, but we did well.

“We had the better of the chances, and on a different day, we’d have had a lot more. But it’s not a bad way to do it, in the last minute.

“We didn’t play as well as we’d have liked, but we have come away with the win just showing the desire and mentality to win. It’s funny how it works sometimes.”

It was a nervous summer for Wootton. After being released by Leeds at the end of last season, the defender didn’t sign for Dons until a couple of days before the season started - giving him a few sleepless nights.

He said: “It was a bit nervous at times, because football is a crazy industry. One minute you’re playing in the Championship, one day you’re going one place, then you’re linked with someone else.

“But the later it went on, I was desperate to be involved for the first game of the season. To be honest, the experience I had playing against MK Dons last season meant as soon as they showed interest, I knew where I wanted to come.

“They battered Leeds twice last season, to be honest. I know they’ve got a great opportunity going up to the Championship.”