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Underdog tag inspires Paul

3 March 2017

Interview with stand-in captain ahead of Bolton

Paul Robinson says it’s been a privilege to play his part in the AFC Wimbledon story and he’s relishing the challenge of taking on another of the League One promotion favourites tomorrow.

The Dons head to Bolton Wanderers on the back of two successive victories after beating Scunthorpe on Tuesday and our stand-in captain talked passionately about what it means to represent AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Paul said: “With my situation at Portsmouth, I was at a crossroads in my career. You look at players who are in a similar position. It’s full credit to the manager and the staff for what has been achieved here.

“The journey we’ve been on during the 18 months I’ve been here has been phenomenal. It’s been great to be a part of it, especially as I’m in the twilight of my career. You think that the opportunity to do something like that is getting less and less so to be a part of that has been brilliant. It is a great football club on a great journey and just to add my little bit along the way has been a privilege.

“Even before our time here, taking on the challenge of being the underdog was what this club was all about. That bit of knocking the bigger dogs down. That is the challenge that awaits us on Saturday and one we will be trying our hardest to do.

“The most important part is that we are now putting the points on the board. We are getting ourselves to a total that will keep us secure in League One and looking forward to another season at this level. We want to keep progressing and keep taking this club forward.”

A clip of Paul’s interview for Dons Player is available via the link above to our official You Tube channel.

The experienced defender thanked those supporters who made the long trip to Glanford Park on Tuesday night and he hopes to be able to give them something to shout about once again tomorrow.

“I’ve played against Bolton a couple of times over the years,” added Paul. “It’s a lovely stadium and going there is another reason why we wanted to get promoted and to play teams like that. To take on a club who were playing in the Premier League until fairly recently is a big opportunity for the lads. It will played on a nice surface and we are looking forward to the challenge.

“To get six points out of six was important and it was a really good away performance (at Scunthorpe). It puts us in confident mood for another tough challenge at Bolton. Full credit to the fans on Tuesday. To come up and support us on a cold Tuesday night was fantastic. It’s not easy for people who have jobs and other responsibilities. It was nice to reward them with an away win and hopefully they went home as happy as we did.”

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