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Meades seeks final flourish

22 April 2013

Saturday's hero is eager to end loan on a high

Jonathan Meades believes AFC Wimbledon’s players have shown the fighting spirit that can drag them over the line in the survival stakes on Saturday against Fleetwood.

after scoring his first Football League goal in such dramatic circumstances at Gillingham on Saturday, Jonathan said: “We were very disappointed with the first-half because we never showed what we could do. Though Gillingham are a very good side, we gave them too much time and they were switching the ball around and doing what they wanted, which was criminal from us.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on

“But in the second-half we dug in and showed absolutely brilliant character. We also did that against Exeter when we were behind. Credit to the boys because we showed what we were capable of in the second-half. It is still in our own hands and we have to go again against Fleetwood on Saturday and give it our all.”

The Welsh Under-21 international has impressed so many during his loan spell from AFC Bournemouth with his hard work in a variety of roles having made him one of the first names on Neal Ardley’s team sheet every week. And Jonathan is determined to reward the club’s fans for their backing during his five-month stay by finishing on a high against the Cod Army.

“The fans have been absolutely amazing all season,” Jonathan added. “We have had great support at our away games and even at home they have not turned on us, even though the season has not been brilliant for them at times. It would be nice if we could do it for them on Saturday and I am sure that we will.”

Meanwhile, Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has singled out Jack Midson’s dedication to the cause as a shining example of the hard work that will be required to survive after his superb second-half display at Gillingham.

“Jack has been brilliant and he works so hard,” said Neal. “He was phenomenal against Exeter and he gave us so much again. He is a good player and is scoring goals again. But we are not going to do it with one player because we have to do it collectively. Every player has to put in a shift and we will give it everything. We have come a long way in the past four or five months. We had an awful lot of ground to make up and that has been the problem. But we have made great strides and the team have to put in one more big effort to get us over the line. If we put in one more good performance then we can stay up.”

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