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Dannie: no fear for Dons

26 February 2016

Candid interview with midfielder ahead of Oxford

Dannie Bulman says that Wimbledon are heading into matches now with “no fear” and he is relishing tomorrow’s battle against his old club.

The 37-year-old shows no sign of stopping as he’s played a pivotal part in Wimbledon’s climb up the table, almost six years since he helped Oxford to promotion in front of a crowd of over 42,000 at Wembley.

Speaking during a six-minute interview for Dons Player, Bulman summed up the renewed spirit that has helped the current squad turn the corner after a difficult time in November and December.

“Since Christmas it has formed into something special and there’s a belief which is amazing,” Bulman told WDON’s Rob Cornell. “It’s almost no fear as well. What’s the worst that can happen? If we lose a game, we lose a game. We’re in a state of mind now when we go into games knowing we are going to put in a good shift and more often than not we are going to win.

“It’s two teams up there (tomorrow) and we want to keep our momentum going. We are at home so we are going to go for it. We have to roll up our sleeves. We had to win dirty in the last two games and a win is a win at the end of the day. We want to get as many as possible and see what happens at the end of this season.

“The Christmas party happened, we had a good time, and the boys got to know each other a lot better. We relaxed a bit more away from football. Stories went on, there was banter, and it has carried on from there. I know there was a bit of a hoo-ha with the man of the match presentation, but it made us stick together and prove to the fans that we do care and want to do well for the football team. Hopefully, we have repaid that.”

  is now on our official You Tube channel.interviewBulman joked during the interview that he was completely unaware of Wimbledon’s less than complimentary record against Oxford. A clip of the  

The experienced midfielder once featured in an Oxford side that won 1-0 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 29 August 2009, a season that ended with promotion from the Conference for United.

  Bulman would love to do something similar this season – and he believes he’s still in great shape to continue playing a vital part in Wimbledon’s engine room.

“It’s good for me at this club,” added Bulman. “The manager is very understanding and he gives me rest when I need it. I love training and playing games so it is hard for me to say I want a rest! Training is not over-loaded, it is spot-on. I feel good, fresh, and I want to keep it going.

“If someone sat you down and said ‘automatic promotion or playing in front of 40,000 people and going up’ it would be the latter. There is nothing better than winning at Wembley. Automatic promotion would be brilliant, but we are not talking about that. We are just focusing on winning games and letting the momentum carry on.”

The full six-minute interview with Dannie Bulman and Neal Ardley’s update are on Dons Player.


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