Gleeson ‘back to his best’

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HIS team-mates asked “where is the real Stephen Gleeson?” after the midfielder scored his first ever goal for MK Dons on Tuesday.

The Irish international got the first goal of the night in Dons’ 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient - a spectacular volley. And now the 22-year-old hopes it’s the first of many.

He said: “I think I hit one in the play-off semi finals for Stockport that was a bit better, but I can’t ask for a better goal for my first for the club.

“The lads were all asking ‘where is the real Stephen Gleeson?’ But it’s just great to get my first goal for the club, I’m a bit gutted that it has taken so long and hopefully the next one isn’t as far away.

“I had a tough two months with a back injury, then got back in the team, and I just didn’t feel right. But over the last six weeks I’ve really felt sharp and the form is coming along nicely - hopefully it’ll continue.”

Their draw in east London means Dons extended their unbeaten run on the road to three games, but Gleeson was left a little disappointed that - despite going behind - Dons didn’t come back to win it.

“Leyton Orient is a tough place to come,” he said. “They have beaten a few good teams here, and going 2-1 down our heads could’ve dropped a bit like they did earlier on in the season. But we deserved at least a point, and I think we could have nicked it.

“At half time we weren’t looking for a draw, we were looking for all three points, and the way we started the game was brilliant.

“It’s just a shame that Lewie slipped when he did and they got their goal.”

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