Team news and views ahead of Northampton match
George Francomb and Jon Meades are both making good progress on the way back from injuries, but Saturday’s match at Northampton is likely to come too soon for them.
Francomb and Meades (pictured) are both back in full training, but an Under-21s game next week has been earmarked to nurse them back to fitness.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player today, first-team coach Simon Bassey said: “George played a part on Tuesday for the Under-21s at Luton. He trained today and will train tomorrow so hopefully he will be involved next week for the Under-21s. Jon was a big part of the team last year. He knows how we work so to get him back will be good as it’s always great to have competition for places. For Sean Kelly to come in and play so many games in quick succession has been tough, but he has acquitted himself well.”
Simon added that the coaching staff are doing everything to turn performances into points after a difficult start to 2016/17 and the players are determined to do well for the club.
“We changed the shape of the team at 2-0 down on Tuesday and the boys really went for it,” said Simon. “They were fantastic and their work ethic was brilliant. The players did all we asked of them in terms of the energy they put in. We cannot play like that for 90 minutes – I don’t think anyone can. We have to work on certain things, for example our transitions have to be better.
“We could easily be in the next round of the EFL Cup and have four points on the board. We could be saying ‘decent start lads’ to the players, but we are not and we have to understand why. We’ve done that this morning. We have spoken to the boys and gone through some video stuff with them. We will get back at it tomorrow and go to Northampton looking to put some points on the board.
“Last season (at Northampton) it was two teams really going for it. It was a good draw in the end after a cracking game, but I think it will be slightly different this season. They have had three draws so far and they will be looking for a home win, but we’ve not picked up any points yet so we want to get something as well.”
Having been here since AFC Wimbledon was reformed, Simon is eager to help the Dons push forward even further after getting into the third tier of English football for the first time.
“To get where we are now has been a remarkable achievement,” said Simon. “But we’ve got to keep plugging away and if we put the same effort in as we did in the second-half on Tuesday I am sure we will pick-up points. It’s not like we’ve been getting beaten heavily and we’ve been better than most of the teams we’ve played. We just have to tighten up in certain areas and work on certain things, but we are on the right track.”
The full interview with Simon Bassey is on Dons Player and an interview with captain Barry Fuller will follow tomorrow.