Dons strikers set their sights on League 1 prize ahead of big kick-off

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LAST season’s top scorers aren’t worried about personal accolades as long as Dons win automatic promotion to the Championship.

Dean Bowditch scored 15 goals in his first campaign at stadium:mk, while Charlie MacDonald – also in his first Dons season – netted 11 times as the pair topped the scoring charts.

But both strikers admitted that they would swap the personal recognition and top-scorer moniker to be playing Championship football this time next year.

MacDonald said: “I’m always looking to be top scorer, but personal accolades aside, the one we all want is promotion.

“If I don’t finish as the top scorer and we get promoted, then brilliant. That’s the main aim in the camp and we do it all as a team.

“As long as we play to our abilities then I’m sure we’ll do well.”

And Bowditch echoed MacDonald’s sentiments, adding: “I have got my own goals, my own targets, but I keep those to myself.

“Obviously if I reach my targets, then it’ll help the club out, but ultimately it’s a team sport and we all win games and get promoted together. As long as I can score or assist in goals, that’s the main thing.”

Both players endured the League 1 play-off heartbreak at the hands of Huddersfield last season, and are keen to make amends. Bowditch thinks the disappointment will spur on the team, who have grown closer together over the course of pre-season.

He said: “We have learned from our mistakes, we’re looking to push on and get promoted with flying colours. We’ve got the players, the fans and the staff around us to get promoted.

“I think this year will be our year, and I think everyone can really feel that at the moment.

“To have your mates around you from last year – the same ones who felt that heartache with you – can really push you on.

“When it was only us in the changing room, you looked around at your mates who were completely distraught. We want to use that, take it into this year, and make sure we do it right.”

The League 1 trophy was in town on Tuesday for the two to see what was on the line this season. But while neither would lay a finger on it, MacDonald said he was desperate to get his hands on the trophy in nine months time.

He said: “Every player wants to get their hands on a trophy at the end of the season, and we’re no different. You play this game to be successful.

“Come May, hopefully we can be seen lifting it. I think no-one should touch it at the moment.

“I don’t see why we can’t do it. The bookmakers have made us one of the favourites to go up. In our camp, we know how good we can be, so we’re setting our targets high this season.

“There are no easy games in this league. Teams are going to want to hit the ground running.

“Teams are going to come to our place and we have to make it as difficult as possible for them to get a hold of the game and put them to the sword.”