Izale’s delight at Dons goal number 61!

Izale McLeod celebrates his comeback goal against Doncaster with Dean Bowditch
Izale McLeod celebrates his comeback goal against Doncaster with Dean Bowditch

Izale McLeod was over the moon to score for the first time since his return to Dons, but insisted his run without a goal wasn’t playing on his mind.

The club’s all-time leading scorer re-opened his account with Dons following his move from Portsmouth in January, netting from close range in the 3-0 win over Doncaster.

The goal was a popular one among the home supporters, delighted to see him notch up number 61 in Dons colours. And after going two months without a goal, he said he tried not to let it get on top of him.

He said: “I’ve tried not to think about it. It’s always nice to score though, but I’ve been working and I’m thankful I’ve got it. I’m here to score goals. It feels really good and I’m glad we got the win.

“There was a good bit of build-up. Lowe’s had the shot but I gambled on the rebound and tucked it away. If I don’t follow in, then I’m not doing my job.”

McLeod was involved in the set up of Dons’ third goal, but should have been awarded a penalty when, with 12 minutes to go, he was bundled to the ground by Jamie McCombe as he raced through on goal, but referee Keith Stroud waved away his protests.

“I think it’s one of the most blatant penalties I have ever been involved in!” he said. “I spoke to the referee and his officials afterwards. The assistant told me he thought it was but thought the referee had a better angle of it and they apologised. People sometimes get things wrong. It was a pretty blatant one.”

The win, Dons’ first in League 1 since New Year’s Day, was described as ‘Dons at their very best’ by manager Karl Robinson after the game, and McLeod said the performance against Doncaster sends out a message to the rest of the division.

He said: “Everyone saw today when we’re on form what a good team we’ve got. To get a win here was really important, especially against a team top of the league.

“It sends out a big statement to the rest of the league that we haven’t given up on getting into the play-offs.

“Everyone is in there buzzing at the moment. We’ve been coming in really disappointed a lot recently, going back to the Doncaster game at their place.

“We played really well on a tough pitch and should have got more from the game, and that is the same for the games after that too. We fully deserved the win.”