Left-sided player comes through tough times
Callum Kennedy said it was a great feeling to be back playing his part for the team again after a spell away from football due to the death of his father Barry.
Apart from a late substitute appearance in the win against Barnet, Kennedy had not featured for the first-team since early season, but a first-half injury to Sean Rigg gave him an opportunity to show his versatility on the left flank.
Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Kennedy said: “About a month ago my Dad passed away so it was a difficult time for me. I had a spell taking care of matters at home and stuff. I have always had my mind and concentration focused on being back playing because it’s something that my Dad would have wanted me to be doing. It is something that would have made him proud. It is what I love doing and what he loved me doing so it was a really good feeling to be back out there. I am really pleased with it.
“I will play wherever I am needed to play. I would prefer to play left-back, but at the same time if I am asked to play left midfield I will play there. If I am asked to play central midfield I will play there. I just want to play football, as long as the team gets three points. I want the team to do well, but all I can concentrate on is making sure that day in and day out I am doing the best that I can.”
Kennedy believes the Dons have shown what they are capable of during the past week with two successive away wins at Accrington Stanley and York.
“They were two tough games on paper,” added Kennedy. “Tuesday night did not exactly go the way we wanted it to, but we showed good character to get the three points in the end. Even though they scored today, I thought we responded really well to get a quick second goal. To be honest, I felt that we were fairly comfortable.”
The full interview with Callum Kennedy is now on Dons Player, along with Neal Ardley’s post-match reaction. Extended highlights will feature from 12 noon today on our premium channel.
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