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Dannie still loves a battle

24 November 2014

Spark burns brightly for midfielder

Dannie Bulman revelled in denying his old club Oxford United on Saturday and the combative midfielder says he’s still relishing the cut and thrust of League 2 football.

The 35-year-old (pictured) said that manager Neal Ardley has constantly been demanding more from his squad during a packed recent schedule, but Bulman has been more than happy to answer the call.

Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Bulman said: “I love training and being around the place. The manager has put more onus on driving the squad forward and he’s not been letting us rest on our laurels. Hard work gets results in this league. If I had been offered by someone four points and a passage through to the next round of the FA Cup before the last three games then I would have snatched their hand off.

“I like to do battle with a smile on my face and it was nice coming back here. I know a few of their players from a long time ago and Oxford have picked up their results recently. I expect them to carry on climbing up the table.”

Bulman felt that Wimbledon adapted to a 4-3-3 formation well at the Kassam Stadium and he’s been pleased with the side’s solidity in recent matches.

“Any point away from home is good at the moment,” Bulman added. “We are happy with the hard work that we put in and to come away with a point. We had a different shape with Sean Rigg being suspended and I think it took us about 15 minutes at the start to get used to that. They came out quickly and we just had to hold on in there. There were not many clear-cut chances in the game and I think a draw was probably a fair result.

“We are very much working on getting clean sheets and we’ve got a few of those lately so long may that continue. With the forwards we’ve got, we are always going to be a threat up front.”

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