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Jack on his crucial penalty

28 April 2013

Top scorer on what it means to stay up

revealed that the successful spot-kick which retained AFC Wimbledon’s Football League status came after hours of practice on the training pitch.Jack Midson 

he had rehearsed for such a moment by making sure that practice made perfect.Dons PlayerWimbledon’s top goalscorer told

“I have practiced them all season and I do that after every training session,” Jack said. “I practice hitting them right, left and down the middle so that I have more tools for my armour. A few of the lads asked me what I would do if I had a penalty to win it and I said that I would just treat it as I would with any other penalty. I kept calm and thankfully slotted it home.

“It was not just about me even though my goal helped us win the game. We had great support from the fans today and all the supporters, staff and players at the club are all in this together. I must thank the fans too for my player of the year awards.”

competitive appearance for the club.thJack picked up the WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year and the Junior Dons Player of the Year accolades to cap a memorable day that also included his 100

However, the 29-year-old striker is determined to help Wimbledon progress next season and he says everyone must learn the lessons from a particularly tough campaign.

“We all believed we could do it and we had that belief after the Gillingham match because it was in our own hands,” Jack added. “Neal Ardley had told us that it was in the script that we would stay up and we never put our heads down even when we conceded today. We kept our concentration and went on and got the win, which we deserved. It means everything to the fans and the players who got us into League 2 that we are still in the Football League. It would have been devastating to have dropped into the Conference, I have played in it and it is a tough league to get out of.

 "We were in that position for a reason and it is down to us all to make sure we are not in that situation again. This club has not got millions of pounds to spend and we have to make the most of it. The fans put money into the club and I am sure they will continue to back us. I need to concentrate on my football. I scored 15 goals this season, but I had set myself a target of scoring more goals than last season. That was disappointing in a way and I want to put that right next season.”

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