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Andy lifted by goal spree

24 February 2017

In-form winger looks ahead to Walsall

Andy Barcham says it’s been a rollercoaster ride in League One since the last meeting against Walsall, but he believes the Dons can finish this season on a high.

Having struck twice in as many games on the road, Andy is aiming to score in three consecutive games in a row against the side who Wimbledon faced on the opening day of 2016/17.

Though he knows it will be a tough test against a Walsall side on a great run of form, the winger says that the squad has learned plenty of lessons since that last meeting.

“We are hoping to keep on an upward curve this season,” said Andy. “We’ve learned a lot this season and I think that’s the important thing. Coming into this league, it was new for some of the group, but it was vital that we kept on learning. I don’t think we are too far away. We showed earlier in the season that we are capable of competing in this league, not only competing, but going one better. We have shown we can do it and we just need to do it for a longer period of the season.

“Goals breed confidence. I don’t think there was a lack of confidence, but sometimes when you are on top in games and you don’t get the goals, it is talked about. I think it’s only natural for that to happen because it can play on your mind. It’s nice to have that off our backs because goals build confidence. Hopefully, we will take that into the Walsall game and get the goals. Of course, we want to have the performances from the previous two games too. If we can combine the two, we can get the three points.”

The Dons have tough games coming up with trips to promotion contenders Scunthorpe and Bolton after Walsall, but Andy says there are no fears about facing the best in this league.

“We are working hard and trying to learn from each game,” added Andy. “We are trying to limit the mistakes we have been making as a team. If we can do that, added to the new confidence we’ve got in front of goal, hopefully we can cause all three teams problems.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster (since the first game). There have been good and bad performances. It’s a game we go into on Saturday feeling we can win and we are certainly going to prepare in that way, but at this stage of the season every game is tough. No matter who you are playing, teams are fighting for different things in the league. We have found that in recent games, whether we are playing against Coventry or Sheffield United. We have to approach these games with the right attitude, whoever we are playing against.”

  subscribers via the link above, along with Neal Ardley’s update ahead of Walsall.Dons PlayerThe full interview with Andy Barcham is available to  


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