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Egli eager to stake first-team claim after fine goal

Interview with attacking midfielder on iFollow

4 October 2017

Rob Cornell

Egli Kaja remains focused on keeping up a push for a first-team place after an impressive display in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Tottenham.

"I've got to keep at it and keep listening and taking on board information," said Egli in an interview to our premium iFollow Dons channel. "I've got to keep doing my defensive duties and getting at my full-back and hopefully things start working out for me."

The attacking winger notched a well-struck second goal for the Dons during a second 4-3 victory in the competition, this time over a young Spurs side, as Wimbledon continue to make progress in the group stages.

"I just saw the ball come up in the air and thought 'let's bring it down on to my right foot', because the defender was coming from the left. I took a touch with my left and just struck it – sweet!

"For the young boys it's great as we get the chance to play against good opposition and prove ourselves and hopefully push the first-team boys and take their spots in the team – that's what it's all about.

"Any game is good to get a win, no matter who we are playing against, no matter the opposition, we always want to win. Hopefully we'll take that into Saturday now, against Oxford."

Having also found the net in the previous group game against Barnet at The Hive, Egli is also still hoping it's not long before international recognition follows with Albania – having missed out the last time due to a passport issue.

"I think the manager is keen on taking me up for the under-21's, it's just whether my passport gets sorted out in time for the games, but it's a looking more a possibility very soon."

Egli also had words of encouragement for young Dons right-back Toby Sibbick, who came up with the first and third goals for Wimbledon.

"It's great for us to be scoring goals as there haven't been many at first team level this season. For the boys to get a few goals, I was really happy, especially for Toby.

"He is a good one-on-one defender and good at bombing forward with great pace. When he scored two goals, it's just what you sort of expect from him as he's got that quality inside him.

The Academy product wants to see the Dons make further progress in the competition with two wins in the group stage and one game to come.

"When Dean (Parrett) scored I was really happy, as I was thinking, 'we're avoiding penalties now!' I was chuffed for him. Spurs were a good team – they like to pop it about, they're sharp on the ball, tricky and a really good test for us.

"We want to win the competition – I don't see why not? The next game is against Luton and we look forward to that game and hopefully we can beat them as well."

The full interview with Egli Kaja is available to subscribers of iFollow Dons, along with highlights of last night's victory over Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s.


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