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Jimmy thrives on Charlton challenge

Interview with experienced midfielder ahead of South London clash

27 October 2017

By Rob Cornell

On-loan Wimbledon midfielder Jimmy Abdou is prepared for another South London battle tomorrow, having faced Charlton many times before.

"It's a London derby and there have been some tough games – really good, competitive games," said Jimmy, in an interview to our premium iFollow Dons channel. "I'll enjoy it, playing with Wimbledon now, try to do well, and get the win."

Jimmy knows the away support can play a crucial role when it comes to generating an atmosphere, with the Dons set to take another large following to The Valley.

"It's always good to get the fans behind you and hopefully they will stay behind us until the end of the season. Hopefully, this weekend we're going to give back to them, with a win to be happy about.

"It's a long season, we'll have some good results – now we have to back that up, of course, after last Saturday's disappointment, but hopefully it's going to be a good weekend."

One of his early derby encounters for Millwall against the Addicks was certainly an entertaining game, but it didn't turn out so well personally for the experienced 33 year-old. The Lions twice came from behind to draw 4-4 at Charlton, just before Christmas in 2009.

The Millwall side that day also featured Andy Frampton, Paul Robinson and Jack Smith, several familiar names past and present to Dons fans, but they had to without Jimmy for most of the match as he was sent off in the 37th minute.

Jimmy will be striving for a better outcome all-round on this occasion. However, the competitive central midfielder had the start to his season-long stay with the Dons disrupted by injury and a three- match suspension for seeing red at Blackpool.

"I'm trying to find that consistency in my game and to do well, there's a lot of competition for the midfield places, but I'll try to be ready and when the gaffer needs me, I'll try to respond."

He stepped up his return to action recently by proudly representing his country Comoros, the sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean, between Mozambique and Madagascar.

"With the travelling, I am a professional and try to do well for my country. Now that I'm back, I focus on my club. It's always hard, but that's football and I'm ready for it. It's a different style out there, players play differently, but we try to adapt and to do well."

Jimmy has been impressed with the progress made by Academy graduate Anthony Hartigan, who has forced his way into contention for a place in the Dons engine room while he was ruled out.

"Anthony is one of the ones to watch. He's a really good boy and wants to learn and he's hungry so you can tell he's got a bright future. I try to talk to him and hopefully he's going to do well.

"Training with the under-18s was a good experience. I talked a bit with the coach (Mark Robinson) and they are really professional and try to teach the young players how to progress - I enjoyed that. When you're involved in the game for such a long time you want to give back to the young ones, so one day I would be interested in coaching."

The full interview with Jimmy Abdou and the pre-match thoughts of manager Neal Ardley, ahead of the short journey to Charlton Athletic, are available to subscribers of our iFollow Dons channel.

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