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Cody convinced the goals will come

Striker interviewed ahead of Doncaster

25 August 2017

By Rob Cornell

Cody McDonald feels he's closing in on his first competitive goal for AFC Wimbledon and the striker believes there is much more to come from Neal Ardley's squad.  

Speaking to our iFollow channel ahead of tomorrow's match against Doncaster, Cody said: "I had a good chance last week (a header off the crossbar at Fleetwood), which by my own standards I'd have liked to have stuck away, but I'm getting closer and hopefully this weekend I'll make one count.

"It's always nice to get off the mark as soon as you can, I got a few goals in pre-season which is good, but I'm not worrying too much."

A clip of Cody's interview can now be viewed via the link below to our official You Tube channel.

The 31 year-old has accumulated a very good scoring record in his career. It prompted Neal Ardley to make him one of his main targets this summer, as the manager persuaded the former Norwich and Coventry forward to make the switch from Gillingham, where he'd become a real crowd favourite at the Kent club.

"I'm really enjoying it. The lads have made me feel really welcome, which always makes it that little bit easier. I'm enjoying coming to training every day and everything about it. It's just for me to start concentrating on my performances now."

Cody has found it very easy to settle into the Wimbledon dressing room as he travels in with ex-Gillingham team-mates Barry Fuller and Andy Barcham and George Francomb, who he was with at Norwich.

"I'd probably say – out of my whole career – that Barry is the most committed player that gives that passion and drive every single week. The will to win is just drilled into him and it's great to have people like that in your team and it just filters through when you see him diving into tackles and it gets you going as an individual as well.

"They're all great players, who I knew previously. It's a great squad throughout and although we haven't got the results we'd have hoped for so far, there's load of positives throughout the four games we've played that we can take into Saturday's game.

"It's just nailing it all down at once and when we do that there's no reason why we can't go on a great little run and start climbing the table.

As a player with plenty of experience at this level, Cody is always prepared to leave the door open in terms of advice for the younger members of the Dons squad, including midfielder Anthony Hartigan.

"Since I've come in he's been fantastic," said Cody. "Just before the games I've been saying 'just do what you have been doing' to him. I like to try and pass on a bit of experience and I've been saying 'if you make a mistake, don't worry' and it doesn't faze him.

"If he makes a mistake, he doesn't go hiding, and that's a great trait to have for someone at his age. All credit to him because I think he did very well last weekend and hopefully he can continue. If we've got players like that coming through, it bodes well for the club."

The full interview with Cody McDonald and the thoughts of manager Neal Ardley, ahead of tomorrow's visit from Doncaster Rovers, are available to subscribers of our premium iFollow Dons channel.

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