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Osborne aims to answer call

12 October 2015

Centre-back eager to show what he can do

Karleigh Osborne says he is determined to recapture his best form at AFC Wimbledon after being thrust back into match action on Saturday.

The 27-year-old defender has been in and out of the side this season since joining on loan from Bristol City, but he showed plenty of commitment to the cause at Oxford United after replacing the injured Semi Ajayi and Wimbledon so nearly defied the hosts.

During an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Osborne stated his belief that he can get back to the form that made him a regular for Brentford and a highly-rated player at City.

“I just want to get back to my best,” he said. “I have not been that so far, but I will get there and get there soon. You want to have competition for places, but it was good for me to get back out onto the pitch again. I just want to do my best for the team because I love being here and I love the boys. It’s a great club and I want to help us to do well. We will try to take the positives out of that (defeat at Oxford), regroup, and go for three points in the next game. I thought we defended well for most of the game, but we came away with no points and that’s frustrating.”

minute winner.thOsborne felt that the Dons only had themselves to blame for conceding late on as George Baldock was allowed to run and run, before striking the 80

“They scored from a long-range shot, which was annoying,” added Osborne. “We did not close the shot down quick enough. He could hit that another five times and it would either go over or the goalkeeper saves it, but he struck a clean shot. We needed to work harder to close the shot down.

“It was a battle and we limited them in terms of chances, but we did not get our passing game going as much in the second-half. We were disappointed not to come away with at least a point. We will go away and think about our performances and be ready to go again in training.”

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