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Midson eager to repay fans

6 January 2014

Striker revitalised after Wycombe display

Jack Midson says he aims to repay Wimbledon’s fans for their faith in him this season after scoring his first goal since September on Saturday.

The 30-year-old has struggled during this campaign to recapture the prolific form that made him Wimbledon’s top scorer for his previous two seasons with the club. However, supporters have continued to sing Midson’s name even when he hasn’t been playing and manager Neal Ardley saluted his performance as “outstanding” after the 3-0 win at Wycombe.

Speaking to Dons Player, Midson said: “It feels great, but mainly because of the result and the win. It was much-needed because we had been looking down the table lately. We are buzzing with the win and I capped it off with a goal at the end. As a group of players, I think we know that we’ve under-achieved so far with the squad that we’ve got.

"Everyone remembers that we only just stayed up last season, but we should be doing better than what we are. The coaching staff give us everything that we need, but it’s up to us to go out there and do it. We have done it today, but we need to carry that form on during the second half of this season. The fans have been brilliant with me from day one. There is always that one per cent who will say a few things, but 99 per cent of the fans have stuck by me the whole way and hopefully I can give something back to them now.”

Midson’s partnership up front with new boy Charlie Wyke was particularly promising against Wycombe and the experienced striker believes it could flourish in the coming weeks.

“I am not guaranteed to start and I have to take my chances when I get them,” Midson added. “I could look at the past when I was disappointed not to be playing, but that’s gone now and I’m looking forward to the future. I have had a chat with the manager and he says that this system suits me better. Previously, we were playing with Michael Smith up front and two quick wingers. Neal has been honest with me and that’s fair enough.

“Playing with two up front suits me more. Charlie seems to be a good player and I’m sure he will do brilliant in the next month. I consider myself a senior player in the squad and I can help Charlie, but he can help me too. Hopefully, we can get a good partnership going.”

 Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Jack Midson on our premium site.

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