Danny Green hopes MK Dons’ 3-1 victory over AFC on Tuesday night can put his side on the radar for greater things this season.
In his first experience of the derby, Green felt Dons were worthy winners, and thrived in the fiery atmosphere created inside stadium:mk.
“It’s nice to play in derbies, get your foot in and get stuck in against your rivals,” he said. “There was pressure on us because of the history, but it’s just how it is. Everyone has to just accept that we’re a team to be reckoned with. Hopefully we can move on now, we’ve beaten them twice now.
“It got a bit tasty, tackles were flying in, and it helped them get involved in the game. It took us out of our rhythm a bit.
“We played some nice bits in the first half, but we got sucked in to playing their game a bit, ruffling each others feathers. It was getting tasty, but we showed a different side to us. We can get stuck in and battle.
“You look at our goals, and there was quality all round. Powelly’s finish was sheer class, as was Benny’s (Benik Afobe).
“And Kyle’s one in the first half, a back heel, was different class! It was brilliant.”
Green has turned provider for five of Dons’ seven goals already this season, including two during Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup first round win.
And the 26-year-old former Charlton man knows that’s why he was brought in by manager Karl Robinson.
He said: “That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to get as many assists as I can, chipping in with a few goals if I can.
“I want to get this team and myself to the Championship. As long as we’re winning, it’s all good.”
After spending time on loan at stadium:mk early last season, Green was recalled to The Valley by his parent club.
But Green didn’t feel as though he was given a good chance to prove himself in the Championship, and hopes he can help Dons get to where he feels they, and he, should be.
Green said: “I feel I’m good enough to play at Championship. I don’t think I was given enough of a chance at Charlton to be perfectly honest. If it was my fault, I have no idea.
“But I’ve come to MK Dons get them into the Championship and to help them progress as a club. We’ve got some really good players here so there’s no reason why we can’t.”