ANTONY Sweeney believes that victory in tomorrow’s curtain raiser at MK Dons is arguably worth more than three points, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The 28-year-old feels that an opening-day triumph sets the tone for the first few weeks of the campaign and would be the perfect platform from which to launch their assault on the League One play-off places.
Sweeney insists that a promotion tilt is a realistic ambition for Mick Wadsworth’s men this term, but says a positive start is key for confidence and mindset going forward.
“Tomorrow is arguably a game which is worth more than three points,” last season’s top scorer told SportMail.
“To get a result would be wonderful and you can’t underestimate how much that does for belief and confidence.
“But saying that it is a very difficult place to go.
“They’ve lost a few players and have had to trim the wage bill a bit but they’ll still be a strong side, we saw that last season.
“They’ll be expecting to be in and around the play-offs, but then so are we - that’s not unrealistic.
“What Mick has done in changing the formation, the pattern of play and the people he’s brought in has definitely made us stronger.
“Hopefully we can surprise a few people this season and we’re confident going into it that we’re in far better shape than last year.”
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