Goalscorer Dean Bowditch doesn’t believe the scoreline flattered MK Dons as they thumped Rotherham 4-1 to go top of the Championship on the opening day of the season.
The 29-year-old fired home Dons’ third at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday as Ben Reeves capitalised on a mistake in the Millers’ defence.
It followed a fortuitous strike by Jordan Spence, which saw the defender fire a low ball into the box, surprising keeper Kelle Roos, who couldn’t keep it out.
But despite elements of luck in two of Dons’ four goals, Bowditch does not feel the 4-1 score was an unjust reflection of the game.
“I think we deserved it,” he said afterwards. “You make your own luck. We put the bodies in the box and took the chances. It could have been more both ways.
“They had chances in the first half and we were lucky.
“The higher you go, the more you’ve got to take your chances. I’m not sure how many chances we had in the first half, but we put them away when they came along. That’s what we have to do.
“We thought Rotherham would come to us a bit more, but they didn’t, they sat back a bit. Both suited us. We held the ball for long periods, and we were very selfish in our finishing. We deserved the win.
“We’ll go up against bigger and better teams as the season goes along, we’ve got to make sure we remain at that level.”
Despite three months separating their last and most recent games, Dons are on an incredible streak of nine wins from their last 11 outings. And while the win on Saturday means his side are top of the league, Bowditch knows it means nothing at this stage, but morale in the dressing room is high.
He said: “We’ve been thinking about this game since the last game of last season. We’ve done well, but there’s plenty of games to go.
“We want to carry it on, we just want to keep it going. We’ve come here today and shown what we’re all about.
“There are 45 games to go, there’s a long way to go but we’ve got to maintain the spirit in the dressing room. If we can do that, we’ll be OK.”
And having scored his first of the season, and laying on the opener for Rob Hall, Bowditch hopes for more of the same during the course of the campaign.
“I want to score in every game I play in, and I want to make goals,” he added. “I think last year, towards the end of the season, I started to notch a few. I hope I’ve carried it on.”