Midfielder's survival mission at his old club
Harry Pell is determined to ensure he makes a happy return to Bristol Rovers this Saturday after experiencing back-to-back defeats with Wimbledon for the first time.
Harry may be in line to face the club where he spent 2010/11 plying his trade, but his only focus is ensuring that Wimbledon take a crucial step towards safety at the Memorial Stadium.
Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, it was clear that defeat against Barnet was tough to take for the midfielder, who was on the losing side for the first time in a Wimbledon home match since joining in January.
“I am so disappointed with the way things went for us over the weekend,” Harry said. “But we all have to get together during training this week and roll our sleeves up. Hopefully, this (Barnet defeat) will be a distant memory. We know what we have to do on Saturday and we can do it. We are all in this together. Since I have been here we have won back-to-back games and gone on a run that put us top of the form table, but now we are disappointed after losing two games. That’s football and we have to go again at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.”
Harry added that the players only had themselves to blame for squandering opportunities over the Easter weekend to effectively seal League 2 survival.
“I did not see that coming (Barnet defeat),” he said. “They had one chance all game and scored from it. I think we set about our tactics in the right way as we thought they would come here and play a lot of football, but we upset that. We had the upper hand, but it was so disappointing that we did not get one point or even three and we only have ourselves to blame.
“It was an awful goal to concede and we gave Barnet a lifeline. The gaffer went crazy at us after the Rotherham game for conceding from a set-piece and we have killed ourselves again. We cannot afford to keep conceding goals like that and we have to get back on track this Saturday.”
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