Midfielder urged to show how good he is
Jake Reeves showed exactly why Neal Ardley brought him to the club with an impressive performance at Morecambe on Saturday – and the midfielder thanked Wimbledon fans for their support afterwards.
Reeves, who turned down an opportunity to stay at Swindon Town in favour of first-team football with the Dons, marked his fourth AFC Wimbledon appearance since re-signing for the club with a goal.
And it didn’t take him long to show his appreciation to the 261 travelling Dons who made the long trip to Morecambe on a bitterly cold January day.
“The first thing I did afterwards was go to our fans and give them a clap because I thought they were brilliant,” said Reeves. “It was much better for me. The game last week (Accrington Stanley) was not the best, but we dominated for the first 30 minutes against Morecambe. We got the goal early and it was disappointing to go in 1-1 at half-time.
“The boys had to really dig in for a point in the second half and we did that. We battled away and that says it all about the boys. Morecambe is a tough place to come and get a result, but I thought the players defended really well and we had to be resilient.”
Speaking afterwards, Neal Ardley was pleased with Reeves’ response after the player expressed his disappointment with his performance a week earlier.
“Last week Jake was not happy with himself,” said Neal. “It will give him confidence and I thought Jake was very good today, in particular he dictated the play in the first half. We have to keep telling him how good he is.”