Striker put his body on the line against Northampton
Tom Elliott played through the pain barrier to help the Dons to a creditable point at Northampton last night, but he can’t wait for the next game against Accrington Stanley.
Neal Ardley was full of praise for the attitude shown by Elliott, who took painkillers pre-match to negate the effects of a knee injury suffered against Oxford United on Saturday.
Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, the 25-year-old striker, said: “I tweaked my knee on Saturday, but the team needed me and I just wanted to play. When you cross that line you have to give 100 per cent commitment to the team and I know that all the other boys in the changing room would do the same.
“The squad is in such a good place at the moment. Hopefully, in the next few weeks we can get the points on the board to show we are as good as the rest of the teams playing for the play-off places. I remember when I was at Cambridge we went on a little run, but not like this as we had won seven out of nine coming into the Northampton game. It is a great run.
“Everyone is buzzing, we all have smiles on our faces, and it’s good to have that. When you lose it seems to go on forever, but when you are drawing and winning you cannot wait for the next game so I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Elliott is thriving on his partnership with last night’s goalscorer Lyle Taylor – and he believes the Dons have shown they have the talent to maintain a challenge for the play-offs.
“I love playing up front with Lyle,” added Elliott. “If Lyle gets a chance he is going to take it, but I also know that he will slip me in for chances as well. He is a great player, but we also have Ade and Bayo to come in too.
“The team has a great spirit and we are going to keep pushing in the last 13 games. We knew coming here that Northampton are a good team, but are we too and I think we showed that. They never overshadowed us and I thought we edged it, particularly in the second-half. ‘Robbo’ hit the post, I had one cleared off the line, and we had other chances to win the game. We are a little bit disappointed not to get the three points, but at least we got something from the game.”
Speaking about Elliott’s commitment to the cause last night, Neal Ardley said: “At 2.00 pm before the match Tom was probably not going to be playing as his knee was sore, but he dosed himself up with painkillers and got out there on the pitch. That shows the commitment and the character that we have in the squad.
There’s plenty of new content on Dons Player following Northampton, including extended highlights and interviews with Tom Elliott, Paul Robinson and Neal Ardley.
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