Winger says the Dons matched his former club
Sean Rigg said that Wimbledon must not dwell on the outcome of yesterday’s entertaining clash against his old club Oxford as it showed his squad are capable of matching the best in League 2.
Defeat was just Wimbledon’s second in 2016 and Rigg feels the squad will head to leaders Northampton on Tuesday night believing they can get a result.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Rigg said: “In the first 15 minutes Oxford were on top and pinned us back, but once we got ourselves going in the next 25 minutes of the first-half we were decent. We put a lot of pressure on them and got the goal back, which was crucial. We gave them a good game.
“They have won the last six away games so you have to take your hat off to them. That is good going, but I think if you compare the two teams we were better. We are the better team, but results earlier in the season is what counts and that’s why they’re up there at the moment. They are still within reaching distance. You never know if we get ourselves on a good run again and we are still confident of doing that.
“We are not going to worry too much about today. It’s obviously disappointing, but we cannot dwell on it. I think we will be strong again and get ourselves on another run. It’s always good to play against the top teams. We know we will have to be up for it and have to be at 100 per cent on Tuesday. Northampton are obviously flying, but all we can do is go there with confidence and try to be at our best.”
Rigg so nearly notched a late equaliser with a header that crashed off the crossbar and he believes he’s getting back to his best form after putting a calf injury behind him.
“I felt confident and I thought I was going to score on the day to be honest,” added Rigg. “I’m enjoying it since I came back for the Luton game after a pull in my calf. I got on early, had a good game and got a goal and I think I needed that after not scoring for a few months. It gets you going again and I’m feeling confident at the moment.
“There’s not a lot of pressure on me because I’ve been in and out of the team. I just want to go out there, express myself, and do as well as I can for the team. Every club I’ve been at has used me in different positions, either left, right or up top. I do not mind that as long as I’m on the pitch in the attacking third and trying to make things happen.”
Dons Player features the full interview with Sean Rigg, Neal Ardley’s post-match reaction and extended highlights from yesterday’s Oxford match.