Lewis Cook insists he bears no grudge towards AFC Wimbledon despite returning to haunt his former club after being forced out of Kingsmeadow in the summer.

The 23-year-old winger set up Marc Charles-Smith's second-half equaliser on Monday to earn the Swans a share of the spoils after Steve Ferguson had given the Dons a 28th-minute lead.

The 1-1 stalemate meant Terry Brown's men took just one point from the bank holiday weekend, having suffered a 1-0 defeat at East Thurrock United on Saturday, and their title chase is now stuttering after a promising start.

Cook was part of a mass summer exodus after Brown replaced Dave Anderson as manager, along with the likes of Paul Lorraine, Roscoe Dsane, Wes Daly and Steve Wales.

The former Wycombe Wanderers and Lewes midfielder has told the Comet he wanted to stay at the club but was now focused on doing his best for Staines.

Cook said: "I got a phone call from Terry telling me he was going to bring in his own players and, when new manager does that, you have to respect it.

"I wanted to come back and prove myself here for another season.

"But I have got no grudges against the club. The fans have been good to me, as has everyone else at the club.

"Coming back and seeing the fans was good. It was nice to be back and, of course, I was up for it against my old club.

"I told the manager that I definitely wanted to play and, thankfully, he gave me my chance.

"Kingsmeadow is a great place to play football - it is one of a few clubs where you know there will be a big crowd."

Cook's day could have gone even better had he taken a gilt-edged chance two minutes from time but confessed he would have limited his celebrations had he scored.

He said: "I wouldn't have celebrated wildly. I would have just been happy for my team-mates."

Cook admitted the pressure on the Dons to achieve promotion last season was immense, but added that he had enjoyed every minute of it.

"At the time I came to the club, there was a lot of pressure for us to go up like there is again this season, but I didn't mind the pressure because I didn't feel it that much," he said.

"Dave Anderson is a good manager and he told me to express myself on the pitch but, unfortunately, it didn't happen for us."