Striker's delight after return to form
Tom Elliott ranked his goal against Notts County as the best in his career - and the towering striker believes he’s now starting to reach his full potential.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Elliott talked about coming through a tough start to his Wimbledon career.
“I am not going to lie, it is my number one goal,” said Elliott. “I had a slow start, but I’m glad to now be showing the manager and everyone my true potential. I am happy to be a part of this team. They have helped me get to this place. I had quite a few niggling injuries to my back, hamstring and a toe infection. It kept me out for a few days here and there earlier in the season. If you miss just one day of training it is hard, especially in this team, because you have to work so hard and be on it all the time.
“The manager wanted me to work harder and I think I am doing that now. I’ve had to work as hard as the other strikers and I think I’m up there now. The manager is happy with me, but I still have a long way to go as last week was only my second 90 minutes of the season. I need to get match sharpness back to hopefully bring more goals to the team and help us up the table.”
Post-match video interviews with Elliott, Neal Ardley and Andy Barcham are now all on Dons Player. Extended highlights of the Notts County game will feature from 12 noon today.
Elliott was an integral part of the Cambridge squad that achieved promotion from the Conference and he believes the Dons have enough talent to challenge at the top end of League 2. The 25-year-old also wished to thank Wimbledon fans for their support with almost 700 at Meadow Lane yesterday.
“We have a great group of boys and the sky is the limit,” added Elliott. “With 19 games to go, we can achieve what we want to achieve, but we have to take it game by game and see where we end up. I don’t want to jinx it! The boys worked extremely hard and we could have had at least five goals. We’re all delighted with four wins on the bounce.
“Our fans are brilliant. Last week when I went on stage (man of the match presentation) they were brilliant with me and I stayed back afterwards for an hour or two just to talk to them. They were easy to talk to and I thank them for welcoming me to the club. A lot of fans travelled up to watch us and I hope they keep showing great support during the rest of this season.”