By Tony Leighton
Milton Keynes Dons winger Dean Bowditch will be happy to renew old acquaintances when his previous club Yeovil Town visit stadiummk on Saturday.
But despite fond memories of his two years spent with the Glovers, there will be no love lost as Bowditch looks to help take three points off a team that are shaping up to become npower League 1 promotion challengers along with the Dons.
The former Ipswich Town player said: "I've still got great love for Yeovil, for the place itself and for the fans because they were fantastic to me while I was there.
"It was a great club to be at and they've started the season on fire, absolutely brilliant. I've got some close mates there who are doing very well and it's good to see.
"But I'm an MK Dons player now, and so when they come on to our turf we'll be aiming to do them over and get the three points."
Yeovil were joint leaders before losing at home to Bournemouth last week while Bowditch's side, after making a bright start to the campaign, lost at Walsall and dropped into mid-table after what was their second away defeat.
The Dons have won both of their home games, however, and after reaching but then failing to make it through the Play-Offs in each of the last two seasons they are determined to make it third time lucky by this time clinching promotion.
Bowditch said: "We want to finish in the automatic promotion places. We've had a bit of an unsteady start, but we have the players to become more consistent.
"There are still 41 games left to turn it around, although we need to turn it around sooner rather than later and make sure we start putting points on the board.
"We heightened our own expectations last year by playing some fantastic football and finishing really well, just not quite getting there in the Play-Offs.
"We've added some quality players over the summer and it might take a bit of time to gel, but I think the players that have come in have settled down really quickly.
"So it's just a case of settling everyone down and not putting too much pressure on ourselves, because we've definitely got the quality to win games."
Winning against Yeovil, whose 1-0 victory at stadiummk in March severely dented the Dons' hopes of automatic promotion, would put Bowditch's team level on points with the Glovers and perhaps kick-start a run towards the top of the table.
The 26-year old winger said: "When Yeovil have momentum on their side they really do get behind each other and we've got to be careful of that.
"They will come to us with no fear and try to beat us, but when teams try to get on top of us it opens it up more for us to go and score - and that will be the aim."
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