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Francomb: I must add goals

17 January 2014

Midfielder eager to get off the mark ahead of Scunthorpe

George Francomb says he’s determined to add goals to his game during the rest of this season after coming so close to netting against Torquay on Saturday.

The midfielder has shown signs of recapturing his best form recently and only a superb goal-line clearance from Aaron Downes stopped him from opening his league account on Saturday. Francomb’s only goal of the season came in the thrilling 5-3 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Brentford and he accepts that return is not good enough.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player ahead of tomorrow’s match at League 2 leaders Scunthorpe United, Francomb said: “I think I need to score more goals. Looking back at the first half of this season, I have got in a lot of good goalscoring positions, but it has not quite happened for me. On Saturday I got one blocked off the line and I just need something to fall for me. Maybe if I get one goal then I can get a few more.

“It was not planned that I would be playing in the Torquay match and I was looking at a place on the bench after my injury. But Harry Pell was ill and I had to step into the squad and do a good job for the team. It was not the result we wanted, but I came through it all right in the end.”

Wimbledon have beaten three out of the top four sides in League 2 this season and Francomb added that the Dons can draw encouragement from those performances.

It becomes a fight and maybe that hasn’t suited us in previous months.” “We have done better against the teams going for promotion and I don’t see why we can’t take that belief into tomorrow’s match and get three points,” said Francomb. “Our philosophy is that we try to play football. Maybe when teams don’t let us play out from the back and make the pitch condensed we struggle.

Neal Ardley believes that Francomb is gradually getting towards the flying form that was such a positive feature of his loan spell with AFC Wimbledon last season.

“George has been working very hard on his fitness,” said Neal. “He’s still not reached his form of last season, but he’s getting there. George is one of those players in training who very rarely makes a bad decision and he is technically very good. If he can add power and an edge to his game then we will have a very good player.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with George Francomb on our premium site.

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