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Callum regains his spark

22 November 2013

Left-back interviewed and Sweeney on his Bury return

believes that he’s now close to recapturing the form that made Neal Ardley so determined to sign him in the summer.Callum Kennedy 

interview with Rob Cornell yesterday.Dons PlayerThe Dons face a test of their recent improvement at Bury tomorrow, but left-back Kennedy (pictured) was in bullish mood about AFC Wimbledon’s prospects this season and his own form during a

is providing a shining example for the rest to follow.Andy FramptonIn particular, Kennedy says that team-mate

I love playing next to Andy. A few hours after the game on Saturday against Portsmouth I had a text message from him congratulating me. It is just little things like that which you appreciate. He is a real leader on the pitch and I cannot speak highly enough of him. He makes you push that bit harder because you know that he will go that extra yard.  as well,” said the former Swindon and Scunthorpe defender. “It is really good signs for us at the moment.Ross Worner“I think that we are building a real camaraderie among the lads, especially with the back four and

“In the Coventry match we did not get the result we wanted, but it was a step forward in terms of our performance. Against Portsmouth we got a similar level of performance and thankfully we got the result that we had been aiming for. Our home form has picked up recently after a shaky spell and if we can start getting points away then we could be in a nice position.”

Kennedy’s crossing ability from the left was instrumental in Saturday’s win against Pompey and he is hoping to provide more of the same on a regular basis now. The 24-year-old suffered a broken toe at Scunthorpe last season and it’s only now that he believes his optimum fitness has returned.

“I want to play in every game that I possibly can because this is the fittest that I have felt all season,” he added. “I was not 100 per cent fit at the start of the season, but now I feel that I am capable of getting up and down the pitch a lot more for a full 90 minutes. Earlier in the season I was perhaps picking and choosing when I was going to push forward and when to stay back. Set-pieces and providing assists are normally part of my game, but in the first part of this season my crossing was not as good as it should have been. That was disheartening, but hopefully after getting a few good crosses in last week I can keep going with that.”

returns to Gigg Lane for the first time tomorrow after leaving Bury for Wimbledon in January and he says that the Lancashire club still holds a special place in his heart. However, the midfielder believes it was the right time for a change of club when Wimbledon came in for him.Peter Sweeney

“I spoke to Kevin Blackwell (Bury’s manager at the time) and told him I wanted to leave. Once I’d spoken to Neal Ardley it was probably the easiest decision I’d ever made. I was impressed with his plans to take Wimbledon forward.

“My time at Bury was brilliant and we did well in League 1 for a while. I will always love the club and it holds a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to going back and seeing the old faces, but this is my eighth club so it will be nothing new to me in a way!”

Neal’s viewposition after winning just three league matches this season following relegation. However, Neal Ardley believes that current manager Ronnie Jepson will turn it around. If you missed the manager’s opinions and team news on the official website yesterday, click on   Bury are currently in 21st

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