Midfielder hopes for a different experience this time around
Dannie Bulman is determined to make it a much happier Boxing Day this time around after he fractured a cheekbone in three places last year.
The 35-year-old has painful memories of last Christmas while playing for Crawley, but that won’t stop him steaming into challenges at Portsmouth this time around as he aims for a win that could propel Wimbledon into the top half of League 2.
Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Dannie said: “Last year I fractured my cheekbone so hopefully it will not be a repeat of that. I want to stay fit and keep getting games under my belt. I enjoy the physical side of the game and I don’t shy away from that. We’re working on our mentality because we’ve done well against the better sides, but not so good against the lower teams. We need to grind out more wins and get a few more results by playing ugly.
“There are no easy games in this league and even against the lower teams you’re still in for a battle. With two games in three days it’s going to be tough, but everyone has the same schedule so it’s a level playing field.”
Dannie believes that a decent set of results during Christmas can be the springboard for a rise up the table for Wimbledon.
“Around Christmas time is when the league starts to sort itself out and if we can get a result on Boxing Day then maybe we can make a challenge for the play-off places,” added Dannie. “We’re learning as a team. If we can keep players fit and add to the squad in January then we can kick on. I think there are exciting times ahead.”
The full video interview with Dannie featured on Dons Player yesterday, along with Neal Ardley’s update ahead of the trip to Pompey.
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