Midfielder interviewed ahead of his return
Jake Reeves is back in the frame for tonight’s match against Dagenham after serving his suspension – and he believes there’s plenty more to come from his midfield partnership with Dannie Bulman.
The 22-year-old, who had been an ever-present in the league before missing the 1-1 draw against Wycombe on Saturday, is not worried about failing to score this season.
However, Reeves is aiming to contribute more going forward for a team eager to build on a five-match unbeaten league run.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Reeves said: “I think it’s a good combination with Dannie, but it’s been more about me sitting in there and passing it. We can change that around a little bit, maybe give the other teams something to think about by running in behind and that sort of thing. Other than that, what we have at the moment is going all right.
“As a midfielder you want to score goals. You want to get up the pitch and help the team with assists and goals, but I am not too worried about it. We will play our game and it seems to be working at the moment. I am not really bothered who scores the goals as long as we win games.
“If I get put back in for tonight I will be delighted. I cannot wait to be back involved. In a game like Saturday against Wycombe, it was all about battling and when you are 18 you go back to playing how you want to play. Christian (Toonga) is a ball player so it was difficult for him, but I thought he adjusted to it quite well.”
Reeves reckons the current squad have made significant strides in terms of being able to dig in for points – and it’s a characteristic that may be needed tonight against a Dagenham side fighting for survival.
“There are two sides to every game,” added Reeves. “You want to be an attractive footballing side and we can be, but you need grit and determination to get through certain games. We are not going to play well in every game this season. If it is not going our way, being able to battle away for points will help us throughout the season.
“We always go into every game confident and thinking that we can beat anyone, but we have to be respectful that players are playing in this league for a reason. Maybe last season we were a bit too arrogant because we played decent football on the floor and we were getting punished at the other end. Recently, our back four has been solid though and hopefully that will continue.”
The full interview with Jake Reeves featured on Dons Player yesterday, along with Neal Ardley’s update.
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