Defender in upbeat mood ahead of Carlisle
Callum Kennedy fully appreciates the backing provided by AFC Wimbledon supporters at away games this season – and he is determined to help the team reach their potential during 2015/16.
Speaking to Dons Player ahead of the trip to Carlisle, the left-back was full of admiration for Wimbledon supporters after almost 1,300 attended the last away game at Crawley.
Kennedy feels privileged to play in front of them and he certainly does not take his life as a professional footballer for granted.
“I always try to pay homage to the fans for getting to away games,” said Kennedy. “Already we have had some unbelievable attendances away from home. I thought when we played Cardiff away the support was amazing and at Crawley we had almost as many fans there as the home side did. It was something that the players spoke about afterwards and we do talk about that kind of thing. We are thankful to the fans for putting their money forward and making these journeys to come and support us.
“It all helps when you are on the pitch and you can hear the fans singing for the team and encouraging us when we do something good. It is definitely a massive boost for everyone to know that we have them in our corner.
“A lot of people would kill to do what we do for a living. I understand that people think it is the best life and I feel extremely lucky that I get to call football my job. There is also the uncertainty though, especially for me in recent seasons, of not knowing whether I would still be in the job or not. I have a family to feed and there are times when it is tough.
“There is obviously a big gulf between the Premier League and League 2. We come in and work hard every day. Every week you are staking your claim to keep your job and to get another contract so that you can keep putting food on the table.”
Though disappointed with results so far this season, Kennedy believes AFC Wimbledon have played the best football in spells since he arrived at the club in 2013.
“When I look around the squad I know what we are capable of,” Kennedy added. “In spells this season, it has been some of the best football since I have been here. I don’t doubt for one second that this team has got the talent it takes to go on and do well this season. We have to stay confident and believe in each other. We just have to keep the tempo up with 90 minutes of concentration and keep dictating to other teams. I am sure we will get what we need if we do that.
“Carlisle play very expansive football and they are brave in their play. We will have to be aware of their shape and formation. It is a case of us continuing with our performances, but being a bit more savvy and seeing out important parts of the game when we face adversity.”
The in-depth interview with Callum Kennedy is now available to view on Dons Player, along with Neal Ardley’s update ahead of the match at Carlisle United.