New left-back impressed by camaraderie
believes that Wimbledon’s new-look squad have already established a great team spirit that will see them through the tough times during 2013/14.Callum Kennedy
The 24-year-old left-back, who helped Swindon win the League 2 title in 2012, produced an impressive debut in the 1-1 draw at Torquay yesterday and he says it has been easy to settle into a group that he reckons is full of quality.
, Kennedy said: “I don’t think we would have been downhearted if we had lost here. We know that we have a great squad here and a good set of lads. There is a great team spirit here and that is what you need to do well in this league. All the lads seem to like each other and I am excited about the season.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on
. It is fantastic to have those two playing in the middle so that we can keep a tight line.Andy Frampton and Alan Bennett looked sharp in support of him. From my perspective we were solid at the back. It is always going to take a while to develop the back-line so that you are defending well and talking to each other, but we have really experienced players in the middle with George Francomb and George Porter came straight in and considering he had only been here a few days I thought he was fantastic. He held the ball up really well and Michael Smith“We looked good going forward today.
was a little bit shaky, but that was only because some of the back passes we were giving him were not to his favoured foot. We know that Ross is a great goalkeeper; he has come on in leaps and bounds. Ross looked really good today and I feel 100 per cent confident with him in goal.”Ross Worner“In the first couple of games
Kennedy was nevertheless disappointed with the last-gasp Aaron Downes goal that denied Wimbledon a perfect start to the new season.
“Sometimes in games when you go 1-0 up you feel like your backs are against the wall and you are really under pressure, but I did not feel we were under that much threat,” the former Scunthorpe defender added. “They got a couple of throw-ins in quick succession and we gave their wide man a bit too much time; he whipped in a great cross and it was a good header. It was a lapse of concentration from us and we need to eradicate that. We are extremely disappointed not to get three points, but we can take a lot of positives from our performance.”
Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Callum Kennedy, along with the thoughts of goalscorer Harry Pell and Neal Ardley on yesterday’s promising start to 2013/14.