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An update from Simon

24 September 2012

The latest news from the training ground

Simon Bassey told Dons Player today that he will not settle for anything less from the players than the same effort and commitment that they showed in victory at Wycombe on Saturday.

Our caretaker manager says his side have now set the benchmark for future performances this season after the 1-0 win at Adams Park.

Everyone loves winning, but the work ethic that we showed on Saturday has to remain the same. We need to play every game at that non-stop high tempo and then we will pick up more points than we lose.” “The phone has not stopped ringing for me since we won on Saturday and I thank people for all their kind words,” he said. “I also thank the players for their efforts and I told them that if they give that same effort every time they play football, then we will win more games than we lose. They came in with smiles on their faces today and that showed that they had enjoyed Saturday. We have the best part of a week now to prepare for Accrington.

Simon also updated us on the latest team news from the training ground this morning. Midfielder Stacy Long today went for an X-ray on his injured foot after leaving Adams Park on crutches on Saturday and we are awaiting the results of that scan, while Mat Mitchel-King is unlikely to be ready for the weekend with a back injury.

The Dons have a development game at Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow afternoon, which will offer Christian Jolley a chance to get some game-time after his return from suspension. Simon plans to offers run-outs to first-teamers who have not featured recently, along with youngsters such as Duvaine Lindo, Khan Williams and Matt Cunnington.

“Some of Mark Robinson’s boys will be playing and it gives them a chance to impress, along with the players who have been on the bench,” Simon added. “Wimbledon have traditionally always been a club which brings young players through and we are no different now. Jim Fenlon came in on Saturday and he was a good bet for our man of the match. He had a cracking game against an experienced campaigner in the form of Gareth Ainsworth. Jim stuck to his task fantastically well and I was really pleased with him.”

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