Gethin Jones enjoyed his ‘special moment’ as he headed Wanderers towards their first away win of the season.
The Whites were leading through a Dion Charles penalty when Jones thumped home a superb header with an hour gone to wrap up the points from an impressive 2-0 victory at MK Dons.
It was the fourth goal of the defender’s Wanderers’ career and first since netting against Exeter City in May, 2021.
And the fact that he was able to celebrate it with Wanderers’ traveling fans made it even more memorable.
“It was a good feeling. I scored one or two in League Two but obviously that was with no fans,” said Jones, whose three goals in the 2021/21 season came when football was being played behind closed doors due to Covid.
“So, to score in front of the fans tonight was a special moment.
“It’s something we’ve been working on for the last two years; set pieces.
“Obviously, we’ve not been scoring enough of them, but that set-play was perfect.
“Jack put an amazing ball in, Rico and MJ did the little blocks for me and George to get in.
“And if I wasn’t scoring, I know George was right behind me to score. It was a well worked set piece.”
Jones’ goal - powered home via the underside of the bar following Jack Iredale’s perfect delivery - capped a superb night’s work from Ian Evatt’s men who were in control virtually throughout.
The Wanderers’ vice-captain was also involved in the opening goal as it was a foul on him that led to Charles’ successful spot-kick.
And Jones was equally pleased to play his part at the other end of the pitch as the Whites’ defensive unit effectively shut the Dons out to record a first clean sheet in six games and move up to fifth place in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit of Peterborough United.
“We were made up to be honest at the back to get the clean sheet because we’ve been conceding some sloppy goals of late,” he added.
“We’ve been working hard, and we’ve had some good performances away from home but obviously disappointing results. So, to get the win, we can tick that off now and move on.
“We felt comfortable. In the last 20 minutes there was one or two moments where we were sloppy.
“And if you’re playing against a more confident side, they might punish you in that sense.
“We probably need to get the third or fourth goal, so it doesn’t make the last 10-15 minutes nerve-wracking. But all in all, we were dominant
“It’ll be good to be back home now on Saturday against another team that’s going to be up there towards the end of the season.
“It’ll be a good challenge for us so, we’ll rest now and recover to be ready for Saturday.”