Luke Moore says he is relishing the chance to improve his game under our new managerial duo of Neal Ardley and Neil Cox.
Our longest-serving player, who joined the Dons in the summer of 2009, has particularly fond memories of playing against Saturday’s opponents Fleetwood as he scored one of the goals in a 2-0 first leg play-off semi-final win at Highbury Stadium in May, 2011.
Of course, the Dons completed the job in emphatic style with a 6-1 second leg win to set-up THAT promotion party in Manchester. We meet the Cod Army for the first time since the play-off semi-final this Saturday, but the personnel will be completely different for both sides and the Dons go there with Neal Ardley and Neil Cox taking charge of their first away match.
Speaking to Dons Player, Luke Moore said: “I loved every minute of it under Terry Brown and Stuart Cash. They brought me to the club and it was a brilliant time we had in getting promoted to the league. They also gave me my chance in the Football League, but now times have changed and the new manager has come in. He has his own ideas on things and we are all trying to impress him. With the experience that Neal Ardley and Neil Cox have, including playing in the Premier League and Championship for many a year, we will look up to them and hopefully learn from them as we go along. You can tell that they are true professionals with everything that they do so all the players will be looking to learn from them.”
Saturday’s trip to Fleetwood starts a run of difficult fixtures and Luke is under no illusions about the size of the task facing Wimbledon at Highbury Stadium.
“We managed to go up there and win 2-0 in the play-offs and to get the first goal in the second leg after 30 seconds really settled the nerves,” Luke recalled. “We went on and battered them in the end. It will be tough on Saturday though, they have a lot of money behind them and good backing from their supporters. Bristol are fighting like ourselves and Gillingham are flying. I speak to ‘Keds’ a lot of the time and he is loving it there at the moment. The results have not been going for us lately. In patches of games we have been playing better football than the other teams and we will go there with confidence that we can get a result.”
The full interview with Luke Moore can be viewed on Dons Player, along with an update today from Academy Manager Mark Robinson on the progress of our Under-18s.
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