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Neil's Wimbledon aim

8 January 2013

Keeper looks for more clean sheets

Neil Sullivan believes Wimbledon’s hard work on the training pitch is starting to reap rewards after he kept his first clean sheet since returning to the Dons.


The 42-year-old goalkeeper earned his first shut-out at the ninth attempt since re-signing for Wimbledon with Neal Ardley’s men earning a vital 1-0 win at Rochdale on Saturday.


But Sullivan, who is on loan from Doncaster Rovers, believes there has been a big improvement in Wimbledon’s defending since he returned against Aldershot on 17 November.


“I think the hard work has paid off and we could have had a clean sheet before,” he said. “We have been looking stronger and tighter at the back. We looked defensively solid at Rochdale on Saturday and it was good to keep a clean sheet. More importantly, it was a great win for us. A win like that, especially on the back of a good result at Torquay, breeds confidence and hopefully we can build on that.”


Starting 2013 with two away victories ended a frustrating spell for Sullivan since his return and he is relieved that results have now started to turn.


“Often I have walked off the pitch and wondered, ‘How has that happened?’ But we are slowly turning the corner now. Hopefully, we can get a few more good results now. We have a tough game coming up at home, but I am hoping we can now build up our confidence and get away from the bottom three.”


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