Practice makes perfect for Luke Chadwick

Luke Chadwick
Luke Chadwick

FANS might not be used to seeing Luke Chadwick scoring 25-yard screamers, but he had been doing it all week in training before unleashing against Scunthorpe on Saturday.

The 31-year-old scored twice against The Iron in the first half to guide Dons comfortably to victory at Glanford Park, but missed out on the chance to complete his hat-trick with a late penalty saved by Sam Slocombe.

“It was a good day, a good result and long may it continue,” said Chadwick after the game. Describing his first, he said: “I saw the cross come over and I hoped that the keeper would miss it or get finger-tips to it, and I thought I’d just and get it back across on target, so I’m delighted it went in the back of the net.

“The second one I’d been practising in training with the gaffer and Wrighty. We’ve been doing a lot of shooting in training and I’ve been scoring a lot of them to be fair, but I don’t often score them in games, so it was nice to see it go in. It was right in the top corner, so it was a nice one.

“I don’t really want to talk about the penalty! I didn’t really want to take it, but all the lads were telling me I had to take it but I’d read the script. I don’t really like taking penalties, and I don’t think I’ll be taking another one!”

The midfielder is now top scorer this season, hitting the net six times. Unusually for him, he has extended his scoring run into September and October, when in previous years, he has scored all his goals in August.

He said: “I started well last season too but stopped scoring, now I’m spreading it out a bit. I’m getting in good positions too. I think in most of the games this season I could’ve had a goal or two. We’ve been practising a lot in training so hopefully I’ll get some more goals this season.”

Saturday’s win over Scunthorpe lifted the pressure building at the club. After five without a win and three without a goal, it was a much needed victory, and one that Chadwick said the players were desperately seeking.

He said: “The great thing about this club is that the management staff take all the pressure off us as players. We’re encouraged to go out and play with freedom.

“We know we let everyone down in the last two games, by not getting the results we needed. It’s just nice to get back and get three points.

“We’ve got a great game coming up against Cambridge City in the FA Cup and that leads nicely into the game against Leyton Orient.”