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Dons in good shape for Plymouth challenge

Neil Cox interviewed ahead of Wimbledon's match on Saturday

19 October 2017

Neil Cox today reported no fresh injury concerns for Saturday's League One home match against Plymouth and he provided a positive bulletin about players on the comeback trail.

Speaking during an interview for iFollow, Neil said: "Everybody is fit. The boys who played on Tuesday were on a second day recovery and the boys on the substitutes' bench and those in and out of the squad worked really hard today. They are focused and ready to jump in for a chance. We are starting to get everyone fit now. Jon Meades trained really well today, which is really good, and hopefully we will get a game into him next week. We are looking strong.

"We will know a lot more about Kwesi next week. Kwesi has had a hard week of training this week, so let's see how he gets on. He is really positive and he has been really good around the place. Credit to Kwesi because he was disappointed to be injured, but he has been in the dressing room at half-time encouraging people and that's what our club is all about. We are all in it together and it is not about the individual."

Neil believes the squad will have to keep showing that team ethic in abundance if they want to make it three successive wins on Saturday. Despite Plymouth occupying bottom spot in League One, the Green Army have drawn their last two games, picking up two points from matches against high-flyers Shrewsbury and Blackburn.

"It is going to be difficult," added Neil. "Plymouth have had two great draws against two top sides. I think it will be a tight affair and they will set-up not to get beat. We have to play on the front foot and we have to play like we did the other night, start the game like we did then and put them under pressure.

"The lads work hard together and they have got good friendships, but when it comes to Saturday or Tuesday nights they work hard. When you don't play well, that team spirit gets you through. At Northampton and on Tuesday we got through it with that bit of team spirit and quality.

"The atmosphere the other night was electric. I know it was a Tuesday night game, but we will be looking forward to a good crowd getting behind us again. We need their help – they are the 12th man – and they have been fantastic for us so far."

Visit our iFollow channel for the full update from Neil and an interview with Liam Trotter will be on our premium channel tomorrow.

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