LUKE Chadwick has a habit of scoring in August, but he hopes to hit the back of the net throughout the season after netting a double in Dons’ League Cup win over Blackburn.
Last season, the experienced midfielder scored all five of his 2011/12 goals during August – including two against former club Norwich City in the second round of the League Cup.
Fast forward 12 months, Chadwick once again bagged a brace in the second round to ensure Dons’ safe passage into the third round hat.
But never a prolific goal-scorer throughout his career, Chadwick hopes he can build on his good start to the season with more goals over the next eight months.
“It’s a shame it doesn’t last the whole season!” said the 31-year-old. “But hopefully I’ll get a few more this season and spread them out a bit.
“I feel good at the moment. I think having a break over the summer did me some good, because normally I’m running a lot, but this time obviously I couldn’t. Now I’m well rested and feel strong and fresh, so long may that continue.”
Despite a comfortable performance against lackluster Championship side Blackburn, Chadwick echoed his manager’s sentiments by not heaping too much importance on the League Cup, preferring to focus on Saturday’s League 1 game against Carlisle.
He said: “They had a few really gifted players out there, but we can only play who is in front of us, and we went out there and got the result.
“It would be good to get a big Premier League club at home. We’ve had this place rocking a few times so it’d be nice to get one of the big clubs down here and get a good crowd in.
“But the league is bread and butter for us, that’s what we’re here for and we’re here to get promoted.”
While the players might not have spent too much time thinking about the unsavoury facts coming out of the last four games, Chadwick said it was pleasing to get a win under their belts, drawing a line under the red card streak and allowing them to move on.
“It’s always good to put the negativity behind us,” he said. “We’ve had some bad press – some things have happened, maybe they should, maybe they shouldn’t have, but we’ve come out, got a good win over Blackburn, and now we move on to a bigger game against Carlisle, keen get three points.”