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Dons story inspires Callum

18 May 2016

Left-back fully aware of what club means to fans

Callum Kennedy says that the AFC Wimbledon story is an inspiration for him as Neal Ardley’s men tonight bid to reach the play-off final.

Callum, who has been at Wimbledon for almost three years, is under no illusions that tonight will be tough at Accrington Stanley, but he’s determined to give his best for a group of fans who came through adversity to help the club rise.

“I’ve been at other clubs where the fans have been amazing, but I definitely feel this club is different. You do feel a bit closer to the fans because you know how much it means to them. Their story is just as much of an inspiration as our story. The fans decided they were not happy and there was an injustice so they took things into their own hands.

“The fans built this club up from the floor and to be in this situation now is remarkable. What better way to reward those people who have been on this journey by giving them the success that they deserve. It would be an unbelievable feeling. It was a full house the other night and the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone wants to be a part of these games when it means something. We have an amazing fan base and it gives you that extra lift. When we score it gives the fans something back and it’s even nicer to see them celebrate.”

  channel.You TubeA clip of Callum’s interview for Dons Player is now on our official  

Since returning to the starting line-up after injury to Jon Meades, Callum has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He has paid tribute to a defence that has been rock-solid in recent matches, but he knows they will face a big test tonight.

“It is a case of us having good players,” said Callum. “Darius and ‘Robbo’ have been different class together and there’s a good partnership being formed there. We know what we are going to get with Barry Fuller because his standards are unbelievable. It is down to personnel just as much as the unit. We have good players with a good attitude to work. More often than not that brings good results.

“We know that Accrington are a very good side. It’s not over by any stretch of the imagination and we are not getting ahead of ourselves. You could say we have a slight advantage, but to us it’s another game we have to go and win. We know we are going to face adversity, but that’s what it is all about and you have to go through that to get what you want in life.”

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