Hartlepool United star believes win at MK Dons is worth more than three points

Antony Sweeney
Antony Sweeney

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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