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Meades on Southend clash

12 March 2013

Welshman is fit again and raring to go

Jonathan Meades says he is determined to play through the pain barrier in an effort to help Wimbledon stay up this season.

The versatile 21-year-old, who can play on either flank as a full-back or in midfield, has been dogged by a foot injury since the 1-1 draw against Northampton. Though the Welshman says he is not quite 100 per cent yet, Meades is relishing tonight’s Southend match when the Dons will be aiming to build on their recent improvement.

, Meades said: “The injury was quite bad after the Northampton game and I tried to play against Dagenham, but I had to come off after 60 minutes as I was in agony. It has taken a couple of weeks for it to settle down and it is still a little bit sore.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on 

“It is bearable though and I managed to get through 90 minutes on Saturday. It was great to get another three points and it showed the character of the team to come through and win 3-2 after we were pegged back twice. I remember playing against Southend at home not long after I joined on loan and we lost 4-0. But in the first-half we played well and if we had got one or two goals before half-time then we would definitely have won that game. It is going to be tough, but we go there on the back of a good win and you never know what can happen.”

Harry Pell and Brennan Dickenson were big factors in that 3-2 win against York on Saturday and Meades says that the talented young pair have both made a big difference for Wimbledon.

“Harry has done really well for us and he has come up with a couple of vital goals,” added Meades. “He is very dynamic and athletic in the middle of the park and gets around the pitch. We needed a player like that and he has been a great addition. Brennan is very quick and he is lively too as he always looks to take players on. He put in some great crosses on Saturday too that helped us get a victory.”

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