Peter Pawlett praised on his return to Dons action

Peter Pawlett
Peter Pawlett

Peter Pawlett impressed both his manager and team-mates after making his first start since September on Saturday against Fleetwood.

The 26-year-old suffered a knee injury early in the season, and opted to let it fully recover before making a return to action, rather than rushing back in a bid to get game time.

Pawlett's defensive duties were praised by manager Robbie Neilson and goal-scorer Chuks Aneke

Pawlett's defensive duties were praised by manager Robbie Neilson and goal-scorer Chuks Aneke

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After making substitute appearances in the cups against Hyde and Oxford, Pawlett was handed a start on Saturday. Lively throughout, Pawlett was one of the best players on the pitch, alongside fellow in-form winger Gboly Ariyibi and goal-scorer Chuks Aneke, who said: "The two wingers were unbelievable today, especially with their massive defensive responsibilities and they rose to the challenge.

"I know Pete has been out for a long time, but I could tell he was quality. This is his first start for a long time, so it's all positive."

Manager Robbie Neilson added: "I felt Peter Pawlett and Gboly Ariyibi were fantastic. They had to do the work at both ends, making it a five man or six man defence at times.

Gboly Ariyibi, playing on the opposite flank to Pawlett, was also lauded by his manager

Gboly Ariyibi, playing on the opposite flank to Pawlett, was also lauded by his manager

"We've missed Peter a lot this season because of his energy and pace, but he also has real quality and understanding of the game."