Interview with striker ahead of Newport match tonight
Tyrone Barnett says that competition is bringing the best out of AFC Wimbledon's forwards and he’s eager to stake his claim for more opportunties in tonight’s game at Newport County.
The experienced striker struck the winner in Wimbledon’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win against Plymouth and tonight he’s likely to get another chance to add to his tally at Rodney Parade.
During the interview which can be viewed via the link above, Tyrone said: “I’ve not been playing as many games so these matches are handy for me. It gives you a chance to get 90 minutes or as many minutes as you get. Some people may complain about playing too many games, but as a player I like playing so I welcome matches like this.
“I think we’ve got a good balance with four of us (forwards) and I don’t think anyone can relax. Obviously, the lads playing up there are scoring and doing well, but I still think they have one eye over their shoulders. They cannot slip-up because there is always someone else who can come in and bring something else to the table. We are keeping everyone on their toes, which is why I think we are playing so well.
“No player wants to pick-up any sort of injuries, even if it’s just a small one that Dominic (Poleon) has had. He is looking to get going again and scoring two in the Trophy (against Swansea) is what got him going on a run of games. I am sure he will want to replicate that so he can get back into the team.
“Tonight gives a chance to the younger players. It’s a bit harsh to call them that because they are competing day in and day out for a place in the team in league matches. They are of a very good standard and they are putting pressure on for a spot.
“I believe Newport will look at us and say, ‘they are in a higher league and we want to prove a point’. It’s going to be a tough game on a Tuesday night and they will be looking at us thinking we don’t want to come here. They are going to use everything they can to their advantage.”
Tyrone added that he’s enjoyed playing for AFC Wimbledon so far since his summer move, particularly because of the club’s support.
“You always hear about the Wimbledon supporters and though I did not play many games here (before I joined), I can remember them getting behind their team,” recalled Tyrone. “Coming here and actually playing for us, I think they are amazing. They are the best fans I’ve ever had at any club. They support you win, lose, or draw, and they are always behind you. That is a great atmosphere and a great feeling when you are playing. You have to applaud that and they turn up in their numbers for away games.”
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