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Barcham: "If we keep plugging away, it will drop for us"

Positive reflections on draw from flying Dons winger

13 September 2017

By Rob Cornell

Goal scorer Andy Barcham was able to set aside his frustrations at failing to beat his former club Gillingham and he feels a change in Wimbledon's fortunes isn't far away.

"We certainly created chances and their keeper was the busier of the two," said Barcham in an interview to our premium iFollow Dons channel as it finished 1-1.

"We kept knocking on the door and kept plugging away and it just wouldn't go in for us, but the chances were created which was a positive.

"The performance levels were there and it is a point – so let's not take anything away from that. Obviously we'd have preferred three and we felt we deserved that, but it is a point. We can look at the positives from the game and what we did wrong and prepare for Blackburn on Saturday.

"Frustrating is the word. We felt we'd done enough to come away with three points and it's just been an unfortunate night for us again.

"It feels like it's just not clicking for us at the moment, but I think everyone could see we were working hard and it was a better performance – so we can take a heart from that. If we keep plugging away and play like we did it will drop for us."

Barcham, who remained a constant threat for the Dons during his involvement against the Kent side, felt Wimbledon executed Neal Ardley's game plan from the beginning.

"We'd worked on performance levels that we'd put in the other day (against Portsmouth) and we weren't happy with that, so the gaffer has been working with us. We wanted a fast start and to take it to them as we knew they'd been having a tough time of it recently – we did – and I think we applied that very well.

"We stayed patient and got our reward in the end, but it was just frustrating we couldn't see it though to half-time as if we had - it would have been a different story.

"I think we can take a lot of heart from the performance we put in, the work rate, the high-tempo, the pressing and the football we played. I thought it was all there, apart from the three points.

The tricky winger was also very impressed with the performance of his midfield colleague and Dons' man-of-the-match Anthony Hartigan. 

Barcham's thoughts, on the form of the 17 year-old AFC Wimbledon Academy graduate, are available via a link to our official YouTube channel below.

The full interview with Andy Barcham and post-match reaction from Neal Ardley are available to subscribers of our premium iFollow Dons channel.


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