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Preview: Dons v Plymouth

28 December 2013

Vice-captain says Wimbledon can turn it around

Barry Fuller believes that Wimbledon can get back to winning ways tomorrow if they show the same work ethic that almost earned a point against Southend United.

Wimbledon will be aiming to end a sequence of five games without a win when they host Plymouth at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, but Fuller (pictured) says his side can take heart from Thursday’s defeat as they pushed Southend all the way with 10 men for over 50 minutes.

“The first thing that the manager said during his team talk after Southend is that we cannot afford to dwell on the result,” said Wimbledon’s vice-captain. “There were a lot of positives to take from it and we have to take those into Plymouth. If we work as hard as that against Plymouth then we will get the right result.

We rolled our sleeves up and had a go against a big, physical side and even though we had 10 men, Ross only really had one save to make. The attitude from the lads was unbelievable. The fans stayed right behind us until the final whistle and hopefully we can put things right against Plymouth. “ “The boys were disappointed with the result, but we are pleased with the work-rate and team effort all round.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, Fuller added that the return of Chris Arthur after injury is a big plus for Wimbledon.

“In a game like that we probably needed someone like Chris to come on and maybe stretch the game,” said the full-back. “It was brilliant to see him back. He runs at defenders and that’s what we need at the moment, especially because the squad has been a bit thin lately. Hopefully, we can get one or two players back for the Plymouth game.”

Captain Alan Bennett could return after an ankle injury and George Porter is available again after suspension. George Francomb is also eligible to play with the club awaiting the outcome of an appeal after his sending off against Southend.

place after an excellent 3-2 win at Oxford United made it three victories in their last four games.thPlymouth are currently two points above Wimbledon in 13

Neal Ardley says that Wimbledon have to keep the faith that results will start turning in their favour.

“We have to keep believing in what we’re trying to achieve and keep doing the right things,” the Wimbledon manager said. “The boys put in a great shift against Southend and I am confident that we will start picking up points. We have to keep plugging on and get ourselves through until January, but hopefully pick up some points before then.”

   Dons Player subscribers can watch full video interviews with Barry Fuller and Neal Ardley on our premium site.

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