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Dons keeper revitalised

7 December 2012

Wimbledon favourite on Barnet test

Neil Sullivan admits his Wimbledon return has provided him with a new lease of life at the age of 42.


Speaking to Dons Player ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Barnet, the popular Wimbledon goalkeeper could have warmed the bench for the rest of the season as a substitute at Doncaster.


However, Sullivan wanted to test himself still as a league goalkeeper after recovering from an operation to his thumb that caused him to fall down the pecking order at Doncaster.Since coming back to Wimbledon on loan three weeks ago, Sullivan has played all four games – and he has relished being back between the sticks again.


I still feel fit and as long as I can get a game I will carry on. “I am enjoying it and I still get that buzz from playing football,” he said. “It would have been easy for me to have stayed at Doncaster and been a substitute for the rest of the season. But I did not want to do that – I wanted to keep playing.The feeling I enjoy most of all though is winning and that is what we are aiming to do.”


A first win since being back at Wimbledon has so far eluded him and manager Neal Ardley will be counting on his experience tomorrow at Underhill.


But Sullivan added: “I think we are all aware of what needs to be done. I do not think that you need to be vastly experienced to realise that we are near the bottom of the table and we are playing the side currently bottom.


“We all know what a big game it is. It is tough to look back on what happened on Sunday (Milton Keynes match), but we can use it as a positive. I think playing in a big game like that can help us in how to apply and conduct ourselves on Saturday. I do not think the performances have been too bad. Sometimes I have wondered how we have lost, but we cannot keep saying that. We have to make a difference and that is what we have been trying to do in training this week.”


The full video interview with Neil Sullivan can be viewed on Dons Player.

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