Jack on facing Southend

Tue 20 Nov 2012
Author: Chris Slavin

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Striker vows to improve his game

He may be 29 years of age and at his 14th club so far in his career, but Jack Midson believes he has plenty of room for improvement under the coaching methods implemented by Neal Ardley at AFC Wimbledon.

Wimbledon’s top scorer from last season may have found goals harder to come by during this campaign, but he faces his old club Southend United tonight with renewed confidence after netting twice in the last three games.

Despite not always playing as the main man through the centre, Jack is convinced his overall game is improving.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, Jack said: “I would like to play more of a striker role, but I have been doing a job on the left and that is fair enough as I am just happy to be on the pitch. I have had a few good chats with Neal and we have tweaked little things. He will back you when you are not playing so well as long as you are giving 100 per cent. It is good for all of the players that Neal wants to change things. I have not had that much coaching in my career. I have had people saying that I have done certain things wrong, but never really telling me how to improve it. But Neal is doing this and I am pleased with that.

“I needed that penalty against York to get me going again and then I scored in the FA Cup game against them. Hopefully, I can carry on and get towards my target that I set last year.”

Jack is expecting a very tough match tonight against Southend, a club he had a short loan spell with during 2010, but the striker says the Dons have to start turning the Cherry Red Records Stadium into a “fortress”.

“Southend are a hard team to play against,” he added. “Although they go route one, sometimes that is what the league is all about. We have to deal with that and we have not done that so well in the past. Terry Brown and Stuart Cash brought in good players, but this manager has come in and looked at it and he wants to bring his own players in, which is what happens in football.

“Some of our players are experienced in the league and others have got promoted from the Conference, but they all bring different qualities. Whether they know the history of Wimbledon or not, they have to graft. And at this time more than ever as the games coming up are vitally important for this club.”

The full video interview with Jack Midson can be viewed on Dons Player.

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