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Hard work pays off for Joe

15 April 2017

Interview with goalkeeper after his good display at Swindon

Joe McDonnell produced an assured display in his first league start for over two years yesterday and the 22-year-old is confident that he can step-up on a more regular basis if required.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Joe praised the preparation and coaching he’s received on the training pitch to keep him ticking over.

“We work on crossing quite a bit on Thursdays and the manager has been involved in part of it as well,” said Joe. “We are given licence to do certain things on crosses and use our minds on it. It has been massive as all the coaches have been helping and backing us on that. Then we aim to put it into practice with ‘Bayzo’. I think it shows it has paid off.

“This season has been really good, I feel like I’ve kicked on a bit. Hopefully, I showed that I've been working really hard. Obviously, I want to play as many games as I can and I’ve kept myself ticking over for the Under-21s. James Shea was ill throughout the week and I sort of got the heads up that I would be playing. It was just a case of making sure everything was right. You never want your mate to be ill or for anything bad to happen to him. Hopefully though I showed that I can play again this season and prove myself.

“I really enjoyed the game and to come away with a clean sheet was a bonus. We almost managed to win the game, but we did not concede any goals so I’m really happy with that.”

The full interview with Joe is on Dons Player and extended highlights from the Swindon game are also on our premium channel.

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