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Frampton ready to return

11 March 2014

Key defender on tonight's Chesterfield challenge

Andy Frampton says he’s been a frustrated spectator during the past seven weeks and the talismanic defender can’t wait to get back playing again.

Frampton (pictured) is in the frame for a return against the League 2 leaders tonight after putting a dislocated shoulder behind him. During his absence, Neal Ardley has bolstered his defensive options with the arrivals of Darren Jones and Tom Richards, adding a competition for places that Frampton believes will be good for him and the squad.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, Frampton said: “I’ve been back training now for a couple of weeks and the shoulder that I dislocated seven weeks ago is fine after playing for the development team last week. I’m always a bad spectator because I want to see the boys do well and it’s been frustrating that I’ve not been out there to play a part in helping the team.

“It makes a positive difference in the changing room to have competition for places. It makes you fight for your place and push your standards up to be in the starting 11. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

They don’t come much tougher than taking on a Chesterfield side currently top-of-the-table, but Frampton says they must approach tonight’s match believing they can win.

“Thinking about the York game now is not going to do anyone any good,” the experienced defender added. “We must move on and prepare for what they’ve got. They are a very good side and we saw that when we played them earlier this season. But we created a lot of chances against them in that match and we will go into it with a positive mindset. We’ve put a few things into perspective about where we are and what we’re trying to achieve. We’ve prepared well for the game and we’re looking forward to it.”

Simon Bassey us under no illusions about the size of the task facing Wimbledon tonight, but he believes it’s a great opportunity for the squad to redeem themselves.

“We go into a home game on the back of a poor performance and we’re looking to make amends for that,” said Simon. “We cannot keep saying that though and we need to put our words into actions. But there’s no better way to do that than against the side top of the table at home. It’s a great opportunity for the lads. Chesterfield are top for a reason because they’re a very talented side. Paul Cook is a really good manager and they have very good players. It’s going to be a tough task, but one we’re relishing.”

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