Midfielder in upbeat mood ahead of Cambridge test
Frankie Sutherland believes he’s in the right place to continue his football development after a promising start at AFC Wimbledon.
The 20-year-old QPR midfielder had made just two first-team appearances during previous loan spells with Portsmouth and Leyton Orient before he arrived at Wimbledon.
However, Frankie has played in all six games since joining the Dons and he’s raring to go again for today’s match against Cambridge United after showing he can cope with the demands of League 2 football.
Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player after having his loan extended, Frankie said: “I’m really happy with the way the last month has gone. We’ve been quite successful and I’ve had a lot of game-time. I’m looking to take that on again. The manager is working with me to implement what he wants in a midfielder in terms of different formations. I’ve started to form a good relationship on the pitch with Dannie Bulman and when we’ve played as a three in midfield with Sammy Moore in there it’s also worked well.
“This is the first time I’ve really played Saturday, Tuesday continuously and in the second-half against Oxford I was starting to feel it a bit. But I think the squad has come through a tough spell well. The last week has been really important for everyone to rest and recover, but also to work on formations and different ways of playing for Saturday’s game. We will be ready to get going again on Saturday.”
Frankie has seen enough talent in Wimbledon’s squad to believe that Neal Ardley’s men can build on their recent results.
“It is physical and competitive at this level, but there is quality too, especially in this squad,” Frankie added. “I think we can really kick-on now. Momentum is massive in this league and if we can win two or three games on the run then we will be in the play-off places. We’ve had some positive results at home and I don’t think we should be too worried about other teams going into games. If we can implement our game plan then we should get the three points on Saturday.”
is expected to be in the squad. Jake Goodman is ineligible to play as his loan deal with Grimsby does not expire until after today. Tom Beere (toe) and Andy Frampton (ankle) are both ruled out through injury, but Sean Rigg is back from suspension. New loan signing Harry PellAs we announced yesterday,