Dons must succeed in the league, says Spence

Jordan Spence

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Dons must not be remembered just for their Capital One Cup run this season, says defender Jordan Spence.

Sheffield United knocked Dons out at stadium:mk on Tuesday night, courtesy of two late Michael Higson goals after Benik Afobe had given the home side the lead, and a foot in the quarter finals.

After a win over rivals AFC Wimbledon and then a giant killing against Manchester United, Dons’ run, which saw them reach the last 16 for the first time in their history, will be remembered fondly for a long time among fans.

But Spence hopes this season isn’t just remembered for the cup adventure.

He said: “We’ll look back on it fondly, once the taste of losing is out of our mouths. It won’t be easy with the draw coming - it might make us feel even worse.

“There wasn’t a lot in the match necessarily. We got our noses in front, and particularly here, we’d have expected to see the game out, but we didn’t.

“That could’ve given us a tie against a bigger side to test ourselves, or a side at a similar level and leave us with a chance of a semi final which would’ve been even more exciting.

“But we want to make sure we’re not just remembered for that this season.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, given the fact that is has been such a great cup run, and there was a place in the quarter finals, which would have been an achievement in itself.”

The defender said it was a tight affair with the Blades on Tuesday, as both sides cancelled each other out in the first half in particular, but felt when they took the lead, Dons should have seen out the game.

“Sheffield United pressed us pretty well,” he said. “I think the final pass wasn’t quite there and required a bit more intensity for us. It was a game of small details, there wasn’t much between us.

“We cancelled each other out, but got the breakthrough deservedly, but we should have seen out the game.

“We’ve got a group pride in not losing football matches and we’ve been able to keep that down to a minimum.

“We want to play well at home to put down a marker. I don’t think Sheffield United will go away from here thinking it was easy.

“But we want to win every game we play in - that’s our personal and professional pride. We get the opportunity to put things right, because we play a lot of games.”