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Luke relishes Newport battle

20 December 2013

AFC Wimbledon's longest serving player on facing former Dons

Luke Moore says there will be no room for sentimentality at Newport on Saturday when he renews acquaintances with heroes from Wimbledon’s promotion-winning season.

Lee Minshull, Christian Jolley and Ryan Jackson have all played a part in Newport’s rise to fourth place in League 2 recently and they could all be in opposition against the Dons at Rodney Parade, though Ismail Yakubu will miss out due to injury.

Though respectful of what his former team-mates achieved with the Dons, Luke (pictured above after his vital goal at Bury last month) quite rightly says that comes secondary to Wimbledon’s need for the points.

“It will be good to see a few old faces,” said AFC Wimbledon’s longest serving player. “Lee did really well towards the back end of the season when we got promoted, but he had a few niggling injuries. Since Lee joined Newport he has done really well. I am delighted for him that he has got back in the league. Ryan’s pace is there for all to see and Christian scored a lot of important goals for us. Hopefully, they will not have a good day on Saturday.

“We have to do anything that we can to get the three points. I am sure we will all share a drink and a joke after the game, but that friendship will go out of the window when we’re on the pitch.

“I want to score more goals. I had a good start to the season, but then I suffered a dip in form and now I have to work hard to stay in the team."

Luke was speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player ahead of tomorrow’s Newport test, a match that Neal Ardley knows will be a big challenge for his squad.

“Newport are very effective and are good going forward, but at the same time they work incredibly hard for each other,” Neal added. “That is one thing that stands out for me. We have to match that and ensure that we don’t come away from there saying that they have worked harder than us. They will test our resolve and if we are not 100 per cent at it then we will get nothing out of the game.

That’s not good enough and there are things that we need to correct.”  in the league in terms of away or 16th“In this league we want to try and pass the ball in the right areas and have a flow to our game, but it’s not easy. You have to earn the right to play in this league by doing the givens. If the passing is not quite right and we’re not playing well, then how do we pick up points in those games? They are the best team in the league at home and we are about 15

                  .Team NewsIf you missed Neal’s update for the official website yesterday, please click on

 Dons Player subscribers can watch Neal’s in-depth round-up of first-team matters and the full interview with Luke Moore is now on our premium site.  

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