Next Game

MK Dons v Colchester

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Last Game

MK Dons 2 - 2 Rochdale

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet League 1

MK only OK

MK Dons skipper Dean Lewington talks play-off frustration, personal milestones and contracts.

Last Updated: 27/05/13 at 11:41

Dean Lewington: Remains fully committed to the MK Dons cause

Dean Lewington: Remains fully committed to the MK Dons cause

As part of Sky Sports' League One spotlight, Chris Burton catches up with MK Dons skipper Dean Lewington.

The 2012/13 campaign has entered the final straight, with promotion pushes and relegation battles about to reach a conclusion.

Here at Sky Sports, we continue to take you to the very heart of the Football League, with our Spotlight features intended to give you a greater insight into the clubs and players that keep us on the edge of our seats.

We are hoping to bring you the views and thoughts of a representative from each of the 72 teams over the course of the season, with those involved asked to give their take on the division they compete in, the club that pays their wages and those we should all be keeping an eye on.

Next in our hot seat is MK Dons' Dean Lewington, with the Dons skipper taking time out to discuss play-off frustrations, personal milestones and contract talks with Chris Burton.

Heading into the final game of the season, I take it there are strong feelings of disappointment and frustration within the camp?

Both of those. Probably frustration is the main feeling. It has been a shame really that we haven't managed to make it into the play-offs this year.

There was a run around Christmas and New Year wasn't there that dropped you out of the top-six and you never got back?

It was around the time of the cup competition. I think the cup games maybe disguised a poor bit of form in the league. By the time the cup run came to an end, we had slipped down the table and the games in hand that we had, we didn't win. We went from being in and amongst it to being way down the table. In that period, it really cost us. We had a strong start and quite a strong end, but it was that middle period that cost us.

There is an expectation around the club now isn't there after what you have achieved in the last few years?

Yeah, the last few years we have been consistently in the play-offs, in and around it every year. We have set ourselves that standard and people look to us as being one of the teams that will be competing each year.

And as players you demand that level of success from yourselves don't you?

Of course. Every player wants to do as well as they possibly can - be at the right end of the table, competing for the right things. It's not always as easy as that and best laid plans don't always happen that way. There have been a few ups and downs this year and that has left us a few points short in the end.

There have been a few surprise packages this season haven't there, and it's such a competitive division as well?

Yeovil are maybe the only surprise, really. Apart from that, I think the teams that have spent the most money are where their money suggests they should be. Bournemouth are a big-spending team, big wages, and the same can be said for Brentford and Sheffield United - the biggest spending teams in the league. It's not as easy as people think. Even though teams can be quite small, if they are getting backing from people, it forms a different picture. Bournemouth are one of the smaller clubs, but they have got the backing and that makes it very difficult to compete against.

The likes of yourselves and Tranmere started really well, but just weren't able to maintain it and have paid the price for inconsistency?

Tranmere were fantastic for the first part and have obviously faded. We have been in and around it, but we haven't really had a great run. We have had little fits and starts. That has been the main problem, that we haven't really had a great run at any point of the season. We suffered a really bad bit in the middle, we couldn't pick up wins, and you look at the table now and think if we had got just two wins then, that would have been enough to put us in the play-offs. That has cost us.

It's shaping up to be an interesting summer isn't it, because you can't stop other clubs looking at players, and possibly the manager?

Any lower league club knows that's the case. There are shorter contracts down at this level and that makes players available each year. That's part and parcel of football. The manager will be trying to get new players and do his business, and that's the way it will be. Let's see what the squad looks like when we come back for pre-season.

On a personal level, are you happy enough with how the season has gone?

My personal form has been okay. I have been pretty consistent in the way I play, so I have done okay. It's hard to be pleased when, as a team, you haven't done well. It's always tinged with disappointment when you know you haven't done enough to achieve what we wanted to at the start of the year.

We're in discussions at the moment with my contract and my preference would be to stay, but everything has to be right for that to happen.
Dean Lewington

You've passed 400 league appearances for the club, that's a nice milestone to have reached isn't it?

Yeah, it was good. It's a lot of games and a good achievement. I'm pleased to have done it. There have been a lot of milestones along the way and hopefully I can get to a few more.

Next year will be the tenth since the relocation, it would be a good year to do something special wouldn't it?

It will be the tenth year of being in Milton Keynes, the ninth year of the MK Dons. The club has come together well and the last few seasons, there has been a lot of work in the background - medical things, the stadium. They are all coming together now and knitted in to how we wanted them to be. We have to concentrate on the team and try to invest in the playing side of things. The club is a lot more established now and it would be nice to tie that in with some success. But it's going to be another difficult year. The league is very competitive and just because you have got a nice stadium, that doesn't mean you are going to do well. It will be another difficult season for us.

You've been a one-club man, over two different forms, are you hoping that remains the case?

We're in discussions at the moment with my contract and my preference would be to stay, but everything has to be right for that to happen. Let's see what happens in the summer. I have always been happy here, always enjoyed my football and hopefully we can get something sorted out.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for last 16

Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Champions League: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both victorious, Monaco win at Leverkusen

Real Madrid won 1-0 at Basel to stay perfect in the Champions League, while Atletico and Monaco also claimed victories.

Champions League: Liverpool share points with 2-2 draw at Ludogorets in Group B

Liverpool drew 2-2 away to Ludogorets to keep their Champions League dream alive with one game left in Group B.

Mail Box

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

F365: Saving You From Bad Relationships

A cracking Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Willian, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Aguero. Plus how Football365 saved one man from an unhappy relationship...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property