Winger looks ahead to Exeter
George Francomb believes the Dons can take plenty of encouragement from Saturday’s battling draw against Bristol Rovers with two tough away games coming up.
Neal Ardley’s men will be aiming to make it six away games unbeaten at Exeter City later today and a trip to Cambridge United follows on 2 January.
We had a game plan once we went down to 10 men and we executed it perfectly, apart from scoring. We rolled our sleeves up with 10 men and I think we were the better team. I was a bit gutted that we did not get the three points, but at least we did not lose the game. Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Francomb (pictured) said: “There was a lot of talking out there on Saturday and good guidance from the manager and his coaching staff.
“We have to keep focused during the Christmas period. It is a tough period when you don’t get as much time to spend with your family. The manager has said we have to make sure we have a good time and we get something good out of this spell. It will be nice to go to Exeter and pick up some more points.
“Exeter will be focusing on our game 100 per cent because they want to get into the play-offs this season. It is always tough going down there because they play nice football, but hopefully we can go there and get a result. The lads are in good spirits and I think we will have recovered well from the last game.”
Exeter City are currently just one place below the Dons in 14th place, both teams seven points off the play-off zone, and the Grecians have a big FA Cup tie to look forward to with a home match against Liverpool on 8 January.
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Neal Ardley said he will contemplate making changes to his starting line-up after such a hard match against Rovers.
“We have to try and get their legs back," he said. "We need to have a look and possibly help a couple out by freshening things up. We need to trust the squad and we will do. They all dug in on Saturday and we need to do that again on Monday.
“We have only lost two out of 10 league games. You can look at the negatives of seven games without a win, but we have a good team here. They fought their hearts out on Saturday for everybody. We need to approach the game in a different manner perhaps on Monday, but we can take heart from playing for nearly 90 minutes on Saturday and being the better team.”