Izale gives Robbo food for thought

Pic: Lee Scriven
Pic: Lee Scriven

Izale McLeod is pleased to be giving his manager a selection headache ahead of the trip to Sheffield United on Saturday.

The striker scored a brilliant goal against Sunderland on Tuesday night to put Dons 2-0 up before a dramatic fight back from the Black Cats saw them progress into the third round of the League Cup.

Karl Robinson also singled out McLeod’s performance after the match.

And Robinson admitted McLeod has given him a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s game.

He said: “His attitude in training has been remarkable, his quality is there for me to see, he’s knocked on my door and challenged me.

“His all-round play was excellent. He got his luck in the way he got in, but he showed his class as a good finisher.

“He’s made me think.”

And after a good pre-season, the striker feels he has been knocking on the door of the first team.

“I felt I always have been,” said McLeod. “I played really well in pre-season, I worked hard in the off season too. I’ve had to bide my time, I got my opportunity here and I feel I’ve taken it. It’s up to him now.”

McLeod’s goal was a brilliantly taken one-on-one, which saw him race onto Samir Carruthers’ ball to lift the ball over Vito Mannone, crowning a very good display in his first start of the season.

He said: “It was nice. I saw the keeper come out, so I thought ‘why not!’

“As soon as I saw Samir with it, I knew he’d put me in - I just had to stay onside. I had to keep composed and finish it.

“It’s great to get a start and score my first goal having come off the bench before.

“There’s nothing like starting a game, feeling part of it and being involved. I loved every minute of it.”

McLeod couldn’t hide his disappointment at the defeat though and said that although they weren’t expected to win the game, the mood in the changing room afterwards was of disappointment.

He said: “It shows the character of the boys in the dressing room that we were so disappointed to have lost the game.

“I felt we were in a position to win it. I think when we wake up tomorrow and reflect on it, we won’t be so down about it because it was a tough match against a Premier League team. They showed their quality and we didn’t have enough to cope.”