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George in optimistic mood

12 January 2015

Winger says that the Dons can bounce back

George Francomb believes Wimbledon are still in good shape to mount a challenge at the right end of League 2 after Saturday’s defeat at Stevenage.

Despite starting the 2015 league fixtures with a defeat, the Dons are just six points off the play-off places with a game in hand.

Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player after striking his third goal of 2014/15, Francomb said: “We had a great December and put ourselves into a good position for the New Year. We felt that we could have got something here (at Stevenage) and had a good start to the year in the league, but now we have two home games coming up. We will look to get maximum points and get back in the frame.

“The manager has made two good additions to the squad after losing Adam Barrett and Matt Tubbs. They were two big characters for the team, but I’m sure the manager will bring in more new signings and we can be stronger again.”

Francomb felt that the Dons were denied a clear penalty when Ade Azeez was fouled in the box after Stevenage had taken a 2-1 lead and the winger reckoned that the Dons were good value for a point.

“We knew what Stevenage would be about with the way that Graham Westley sets his team up,” added Francomb. “We knew that we would need to be energetic, get in their faces, and match them. I think we did that and at times we did play our football on a pitch that was not in good shape. I did not think we deserved to come away with nothing.

"We started off with three in the middle, but after we went 1-0 down the manager decided to change it. We switched to a 4-4-2 with me and Sean Rigg on the wings and I think that worked a bit better.I did not see their penalty, but I think Ade won the ball and their lad has not even tried to win it. It was a blatant push in the back, but hopefully we’ll get a decision going our way next week.”

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