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Pell: quick reaction needed

25 February 2014

Midfielder and Neil Cox on Newport challenge

Harry Pell says that all of AFC Wimbledon’s players must take responsibility for their lack of goals - and they must battle hard at Newport County tonight to change matters.

The Dons have failed to score in the last three games with their last goal coming from Charlie Wyke at Oxford on 1 February and Pell (pictured) accepts that it’s simply not been good enough.

, Pell said: “We were in a worse situation than this last season, but if we don’t react quickly to what’s going on, then we’re going to be in that situation again. Now is the time for brave characters to put things right and it’s down to all the 11 players on the pitch at a particular time. The Bury goalkeeper had a good game on Saturday, but goals change games and we were not good enough. We are lacking goals at the moment and we need to change that.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on

“We had opportunities on Saturday but we did not take them. We were much the better side for 75 minutes, but we lost our heads a bit in the last 15 minutes and did not learn from the first one-on-one that they had. We will all stick together and we need to go to Newport and get a result. It’s as simple as that.”

Pell has been in and out of the side recently and with Michael Collins now having been added to Wimbledon’s midfield, he knows that he has a battle on his hands to win a regular starting spot.

“There’s no bigger critic of me than myself and I know I’ve not been good enough lately,” Pell added. “I deserved to be dropped, but if I’m selected by the manager I will give my all. We get given all the information on how to beat opponents by the manager and we did the right things for 75 minutes against Bury. But we need to make things happen by getting more points on the board so that we can move forward as a club.”

Neil Cox added that Wimbledon’s lack of goals is certainly not for the want of trying and everyone is working tirelessly to find a solution.

“We’ve just done a bit of work on it this morning (Monday) and if we keep getting the ball into the right areas then it’s up to us to take our chances,” said Neil. “I’m sure we’ll take one of those chances and hopefully that will come at Newport on Tuesday night. The centre-forwards have been working extremely hard, but we need to give them a bit more service into the box and I’m sure one will drop for us.

“It’s about time that we started making our own luck. If we keep creating chances then I’m sure one will go in and we will probably go and win 4-0 soon. We’ll go there and attack at Newport and try and pick-up the three points. We know it will be a hard game on a poor pitch, but we’ll go there and do our jobs. If we show the same determination and work-rate that we have in the last four or five games then I’m sure things will change.”

 to view this latest information.Newport updateNewport County this morning reported that the Rodney Parade pitch is fine at the moment. Click on 

 . Newport previewIf you missed yesterday’s team update on the official website about tonight’s game, click on


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