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Gary on Fleetwood clash

24 April 2013

Experienced striker's message to the fans

Gary Alexander says he is fit and raring to go for one of the biggest games of his career on Saturday.

The experienced striker has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks, but he is back in full training now and determined to end his three-month loan spell from Crawley on a high by helping Wimbledon to survival.

After he came tantalisingly close to netting what would have been a dramatic winner at Gillingham when his shot struck the upright, Gary would love to end his barren spell with a crucial goal on Saturday.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, Gary said: “This is massive. It would be high up amongst my list of achievements if I can help Wimbledon stay up. I have won promotions in my career, but we were rock bottom when I first came here. We put ourselves in a great position a few weeks ago, but have not quite managed to get over that line. However, when we were bottom we would have taken this situation of needing a win from the last game to stay up.

“I had an injection on my ankle at a bad time considering the situation we are in. After being here for three months I want to be a part of it and help the lads. It was hurtful to miss a game (Exeter City) at this stage.”

Gary says Wimbledon cannot afford to underestimate Fleetwood and he called on supporters to help clear the final survival hurdle by roaring the players on towards victory.

"Teams with nothing to play for can be dangerous,” he said. “They will come down to enjoy the occasion and I have been in dressing rooms when you are thinking ‘we can put these down’. They are not going to just roll over and let Wimbledon survive. It is vital that we make it as intimidating as possible for Fleetwood. There is nothing worse than coming up against a vocal crowd and it can make you question why you are there. Hopefully, our crowd can do that – they are more than capable of it – and their noise for the full 90 minutes will give the lads a massive boost.

“We do not want any negativity from players, staff or anyone at the club. We have to do whatever it takes to get the result. It does not matter whether that comes through pretty football or the long ball because we need three points to stay in the Football League. If we all stick together then that is going to happen.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Gary Alexander on our premium site.

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