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Dannie: identity is key

1 November 2016

Midfielder in upbeat mood after defeat to Bradford

Dannie Bulman believes that AFC Wimbledon have established a way of playing that can be successful in League One – and defeat against Bradford will not affect the season.

The experienced midfielder came back into the team after missing out against Peterborough and he reckons there is plenty of reasons to be upbeat with Wimbledon currently ninth in League One.

“We’ve been in this division less than half a season and we are punching above where we should be I think,” said Dannie. “Long may that continue because the boys are enjoying it and we are working hard to play good football. We’ve found our identity again by playing 4-3-3. We have loads of energy in midfield, pace and power up front, and the great thing is the strength in depth. I didn’t play against Peterborough, but I managed to get back into the team. You look at the bench and it is so strong.

“I’ve liked Tom Beere as a player for a while now. He has picked up niggling injuries at the wrong time, but give him a good couple of games and he will be flying again. I think he has done very well when he has come in. We’ve got young lads, but some of them have been in and around the squad for a few years, certainly since I first joined. They are men to us.

“One game is not going to affect our season. We will go to Bury and try to get a result like we did last time there. It is the FA Cup and everyone loves a cup run. Hopefully we will get a result to be in the hat for the next round.”

Dannie felt that Wimbledon paid the price for not continuing to drive forward after taking a 2-1 lead against Bradford.

“It was a good game to be involved in, apart from the result,” added Dannie. “I thought we dominated most of the game, but they are a good team and they put us to the sword. James Hanson had one chance and he stuck it away right at the death.

“I think we scored too early. We tried to defend the three points instead of maybe going on and securing the three points. If we had kept on attacking we might have got a third and put the game to bed. Fair play to them, but we will pick ourselves up and get ready for Bury.”

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