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3 January 2014

Neil Cox says that Pell is ready to step-up

Harry Pell could make his first League 2 start since 30 November against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow with George Francomb struggling to shake off a calf injury.

Francomb came off injured in the defeat at Dagenham on Wednesday and assistant manager Neil Cox said that he’s doubtful for tomorrow’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

But Cox says that Pell (pictured above left) is ready to grasp his opportunity if given the nod tomorrow.

“Harry should be fine and we will make a decision on him tomorrow,” Neil told Dons Player. “But he is looking fit and strong so he could get his chance to start. George has a calf problem, which is a shame for the lad because his season does not seem to have got started.”

New loan signing Charlie Wyke could be handed an immediate debut and after playing 25 games in League 1 last season, Neil Cox says the 21-year-old knows exactly what to expect tomorrow.

“Charlie did really well at Hartlepool and I know that a couple of League 1 clubs were after him,” added Cox. “But after speaking to the player he was happy to come down here and he’s looking forward to playing games. Charlie knows what to expect, he joined in training today, and looked part of the squad.

“Charlie is big, strong and he wants to hold the ball up and get into the box. I have seen him play a couple of times and we tried to get him in the summer but he was injured. Since then, I kept in touch with a couple of people I know at Middlesbrough about him. We sent someone to watch him play for the Under-21s and he scored. Middlesbrough have been great with us and it’s always nice when a former club helps you out.”

Cox is expecting a particularly tough match against Wycombe tomorrow with the Dons just one point above tomorrow’s opponents.

“They have not played for a couple of weeks so it’s going to be difficult for us because we’ve had a busy Christmas period,” Cox added. “But we have set ourselves up this morning to go there and attack. We’ve had a bit of a disappointing spell, but the lads are in good spirits. We want to get the three points and then the Christmas period will be over with. We can then have a bit of a break and try and kick on during the second half of the season like we did last year.”

Sammy Moore scored the only goal in last season’s 1-0 victory at Adams Park and he has called on Wimbledon’s players to knuckle down and play for the shirt tomorrow.

“We all have to wear our hearts on our sleeves and really dig in for the win,” said Sammy. “We need to prepare right and by 5.00 pm on Saturday we have to make sure that we’re coming home with three points. Barry Fuller is one of those players who gives 100 per cent in every match and every player has to do that. If we do that then we have enough quality to beat any team in this league. That’s the frustrating thing and we should be doing better than what we are.”

     Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Neil Cox and we will feature new loan signing Charlie Wyke on our premium site soon.


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