Jules impresses in the position he was bought to play in

MK Dons 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 6:00 am
Zak Jules played at centre back against Doncaster

It's a rare occasion to drop Dean Lewington, but Zak Jules got to show what he was brought to MK Dons to do on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers.

The 23-year-old defender had made 11 appearances for Dons since signing from Walsall but was not really deployed in the centre-back role he was expected to play, instead used as a left wing-back.

Following Lewington's 800th Dons appearance last time out against Burton Albion, Jules came in for the skipper against Doncaster at centre back and helped the team to their first clean sheet in 10 games as they took their fourth win in a row.

Jules, alongside Harry Darling and Warren O'Hora, silenced the Doncaster threats for the most part, with only Jason Lokilo really getting a decent sight of goal for the visitors as Daniel Harvie's goal proved to be the difference.

Stepping into the skipper's shoes is something many have tried and failed to do down the years, but Jules is looking the best bet to take over his role. And according to his manager, has the full support of Lewington in doing so.

Russell Martin said: "To take Deano out was tough because he's been one of our best players but at some point we had to see if Zak was ready and has taken on the information. No-one has supported Zak more than Deano this week, and that's why he's the captain and why we value him so much.

"It was a big call but he was great. He started out with a bit of tension of course, but he grew into it and got better and better. It's another position we have a lot of competition for. He has to be ready and step up to the mark and get ready for next season as well.

"Long term, it was always the idea to play Zak there. We played him at wing-back and he did so well when we needed something different there is testament to his ability to learn quickly."