Goalkeeper's fighting talk after his 10th clean sheet this season
Ross Worner’s defiant display summed up Wimbledon’s battling spirit at Southend United on Saturday – and he believes victory at Roots Hall can pave the way for a strong end to this season.
clean sheet of the season at Southend as he endured a first-half challenge that left him bloodied and requiring treatment.thThe 24-year-old goalkeeper (pictured) put his body on the line to keep his 10
However, Worner recovered to play a vital part in the 1-0 win that moved the Dons closer to ensuring League 2 safety.
Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Worner said: “The players put their bodies on the line and really fought for the result. Darren Jones, Andy Frampton and Barry Fuller were all solid and they’ve really helped Tom Richards, who is young and still learning. I was delighted with my own performance as well. One of their players came through one-on-one and I knew I had to come for it. He left his leg in late and it hit me straight in the face and there was blood everywhere. But we got the win and that’s the main thing.
“We just have to keep going now and believe that we can win our remaining games. The manager worked with us all week on how he wanted us to play, but he has done that all season. Today we put it into practice. We showed that we could be resilient and we kept fighting.”
Worner reckons that Kwesi Appiah has added another dimension to Wimbledon’s attacking play, but he could not bare to watch the penalty that the on-loan Crystal Palace striker earned for the Dons on Saturday.
“I thought it was going to end 0-0, but then we got the penalty,” said Worner. I could not look, but I was delighted to turn around and see Jack Midson celebrating the goal. Kwesi is rapid and he gets in amongst defenders and causes problems. "We’ve also got Jack up there too and the partnership between them has been really good.”