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Sammy: Bayo not to blame

1 December 2014

Midfielder defends striker after Cambridge loss

Sammy Moore says the team must take collective responsibility for Saturday’s defeat and he has defended striker Bayo Akinfenwa after his miss against Cambridge.

Akinfenwa uncharacteristically missed a good chance when the score was 1-1 and barely a minute later Liam Hughes struck what turned out to be the winner.

However, speaking to Dons Player, Sammy Moore (pictured above) said: “Bayo has probably been our best player this season. He was absolutely devastated in the changing room afterwards, but we told him to get his head up. We did not lose the game because of Bayo. He has been brilliant this season. We just have to learn from this and try and find that consistency that you need in this league. If you can win three games in this league then you will be up there in the play-off positions. We just need to get back on the training pitch and work extremely hard this week.”

With an FA Cup match at Wycombe Wanderers to come on Sunday, the exciting prospect of a third round tie is up for grabs and AFC Wimbledon’s longest-serving player says he would love to achieve that to reward fans for their support.

“We were second best (on Saturday) and we got beat-up by the opposition,” added Sammy. “We never won our battles in either box and that’s the most disappointing thing. We know how important set-pieces are and we switched off for their second goal. That’s criminal in this league. We became disjointed after they scored and never really got going again.

“We just have to work at a high-tempo in training. It’s FA Cup week and we have another big game for the club coming up. We have to repay the fans for their support.”

The full interview with Sammy Moore featured on Dons Player yesterday.

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