FORMER Aberdeen star Peter Pawlett admitted he “enjoyed” his MK Dons debut – despite a 1-0 home defeat from Wigan.
The winger, who agreed a pre-contract with ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson in March, made his first appearance as a 63rd-minute substitute.
Pawlett, who spent a decade at Pittodrie, said: “Obviously, it is a disappointing result, but I needed to get some game-time.
“I had to feel the ball and get some touches, so I really enjoyed it.
“Give Wigan credit, they are a top side. At the end, though, we were all over them and they couldn’t get out.
“We really have to be a bit more clinical.
“And I have to say the fans were brilliant. They got behind us and got us going at the end.”
Neilson, who saw Nick Powell score the first-half winner, said: “I expect Wigan to be one of the top teams in League One and I think we showed we can compete at this level.
“I am very disappointed with the result, but over the course of the season we will be there or thereabouts.
“There were a few positives to take from the game. Remember, Wigan have just been relegated, they have ex-Premier League players in the team and have a huge budget.
“I’m happy with the players we have brought in and I’m excited about the season ahead.”
Neilson had defender Scott Wootens red-carded and the visitors also finished with 10 men after the dismissal of Callum Elder.