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Attacking boost for the Dons

10 March 2014

Extra forward options for Chesterfield challenge

The Dons will have virtually a fully fit squad available for tomorrow night’s clash against League 2 leaders Chesterfield.

Charlie Wyke (pictured) will add another forward option after he shrugged off a hip injury and Kevin Sainte-Luce and Jim Fenlon are also back in contention. Defender Andy Frampton could also be back in the squad after putting his injury problems behind him.

The return of key players means Wimbledon are currently only without Charlie Strutton, Callum Kennedy and Rhys Weston.

Speaking to Dons Player this afternoon, first-team coach Simon Bassey said: “It’s a strong squad that we’ve got now. Though performances like Saturday are hard to take, it does give us a chance to change some players. We will look at that and we may look to freshen it up a bit.

“Charlie has done quite well in spells and his return gives us another option at the top of the pitch, where we did not do well enough on Saturday. That’s a positive for us. Peter Sweeney played 90 minutes for the development team and I thought he did well on Saturday so he’s in contention to start.”

Wimbledon’s squad watched a video of Saturday’s York defeat before training today and Simon said that the coaching team are demanding a much more passionate performance against Chesterfield.

“We don’t really need to tell the players that it was not good enough,” Simon added. “From the first whistle on Saturday we lacked the energy that you need to have in this league as a given. We did not bring the stuff onto the pitch that we had worked on in training, which was very disappointing from a coaching point of view. We’ve sat down this morning and went through the video from Saturday. The players have been left in no uncertain terms about where we want to go and the effort that we demand from them.

   “We would love to write Saturday off, but it happened and we were bitterly disappointed with it. What we need now is a reaction. We want to get the crowd behind us and start the game on the front foot. That was the plan on Saturday, but we did not go through with it. We must do better from set-pieces and getting crosses in because that’s how a lot of goals are scored in League 2. We have to get our shots off more and it’s about having that positive mindset.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview on our premium site and we will later feature an interview with Andy Frampton.

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