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Soares excited by challenge

28 February 2017

Interview with midfielder ahead of tonight's game

Tom Soares was part of a winning AFC Wimbledon team for the first time on Saturday and he’s relishing the task of two big challenges this week.

Automatic promotion contenders Scunthorpe United are sure to offer a tough test tonight on their own patch, before Wimbledon face another of the League One big hitters, Bolton Wanderers, on Saturday.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Soares said: “These are the games you want to be playing in. It is a very exciting week ahead and the boys are raring to go. On Saturday, it was just great to get the three points. It has gone okay for me since I arrived, though it probably could have gone better with results. These things take time though and I am pretty sure we are going to do all right.

“I am due a goal and I am getting closer in every game, but the most important thing is to get the three points. After Saturday, to go and get another three points at Scunthorpe would be fantastic. They are doing really well this season, but we are going up there for the three points.”

Soares formed an effective midfield partnership with Jake Reeves and Dannie Bulman to help get the better of Walsall on Saturday. The former Bury midfielder has been impressed with the talent in Wimbledon’s ranks and he says that everyone shares the responsibility to chip in with goals.

“We had been struggling to get a win, but we worked hard on Saturday and our tactics paid off. I like playing with Jake because he is a top lad and a quality player. He had a really good game on Saturday and I am pleased to be in there with him. Dannie is an old head and a very intelligent footballer. He came in and made his presence felt on Saturday.

“It is good that we have three strikers all on 12 goals. They all want more, but there is no selfishness, which is good to see. It is good that we have that competition with all the strikers wanting to be top scorer. It’s very important for midfielders and even centre-backs to chip in with goals. It releases the pressure off the strikers and I want to help out the team as much as I can.”

Tom’s full interview, with WDON’s Rob Cornell posing the questions, is on Dons Player via the link above.

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