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Callum praises new recruit

19 January 2015

Left-back believes Alfie will be a great addition

Callum Kennedy says he’s pleased to have Alfie Potter on his side instead of trying to stop him after the winger’s promising Wimbledon return.

Potter showed flashes of the dazzling wing play that made him such an exciting player during his best days at Oxford after entering as a second half substitute against Carlisle.

Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Kennedy (pictured) believes there will be plenty more to come from Potter and the other signings made by Neal Ardley during January.

“Alfie did not even train with us on Friday and it’s hard to just walk in at a new club and play,” said Kennedy. “I’ve played against Alfie a few times so I know that he’s a good player. He showed that in the last 20 minutes when he came on. David Connolly had only trained with us for a couple of days too before Saturday and he’s looked really sharp. I think they will definitely be two good additions. It will take our new signings a little bit of time to settle in, but they did well.

“We have to put this defeat right by winning next Saturday. Hopefully, we can get a good week of training in and prepare well. Whatever happens we need to get three points.”

However, he says that everyone in the team has to take responsibility for defensive lapses that proved so costly on Saturday. Kennedy has now played in eight successive matches since being recalled to the Wimbledon side and his latest appearance included an assist with a lovely cross setting up Bayo Akinfenwa for the opener. The left-back, who was initially released by Neal Ardley at the end of last season after an injury-plagued 2013/14, believes he has now rediscovered his best form.

“All I want to do is play football and I finally feel that I’m playing to my potential, but I need to keep it going,” added Kennedy. “The second goal for them was against the run of play in my opinion, but as the manager said it was naïve from us.

“I think as a team we could have done more to prevent that goal. We also conceded from a set-piece for their first goal, which was frustrating because we had been in the ascendancy until that point. We changed our shape to try and push on so that we could go for an equaliser, but the third goal was still a disappointing one to concede.”

The full interview with Callum Kennedy featured on Dons Player yesterday. Almost seven minutes of extended highlights from Saturday’s match against Carlisle United are now on our premium channel.

  to take advantage of this January transfer window deal.Dons PlayerDons Player, featuring exclusive interviews, match commentaries of every League 2 game, and highlights, is now available at a special offer of £19.99 for six months during January. Click on 

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