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Fit-again Darius happy to fill either role with Rochdale up next

Experienced head eager to help the Dons climb the table

29 September 2017

By Chris Slavin

Darius Charles believes the Dons can come through an early season 'sticky' spell and he's prepared to show his versatility to play a part.

The 29-year-old has put his long stint out with a knee injury behind him by making two substitute appearances, but they both came as a forward and not in the defensive position he's filled for much of his stay at Wimbledon.

However, Darius is far from a novice striker, as he told our iFollow channel: "At Stevenage, there was a time when I pretty much played a full season up top. We ended up in the play-off semi-finals and getting promotion, so it is not a position that I'm unfamiliar with. I will enjoy doing the job if it's what the team needs, and if the manager asks me, I am more than happy to take up the role. I enjoy going forward and trying to help with goals, but I'm a centre-back at heart.

"It's massively important that we all add goals. With Kwesi out through injury, even more so we have to bind together. Last season I got two, Robbo got a few, and Jon Meades got a few. We've been creating chances and in the majority of games we've been the better side. It's just about us being more clinical in front of goal. We have to keep going, keep trusting in the process, and hopefully sooner rather than later it will all come together."

Click on the link below for a clip of our interview with Darius.


Darius added that he's looking forward to the challenge of a home clash against Rochdale tomorrow, as it's an opportunity to starting putting points on the board.

"It's always good to right the wrongs of the previous performance, even though anyone who watched that game would have felt that we were probably unlucky to come away with nothing," said Darius. "It's a good opportunity in front of our own fans to put in a really good performance and hopefully get the result that we all want. I'm feeling good and I'm raring to go.

"The reason we are in this position is because something is not quite right, but as a group we've discussed it and addressed it. We need to address these aspects early and we've put in place things that we need to do to correct them. It's a bit of a sticky patch, but just because it's early we cannot rest on our laurels. The one thing we do have is a great team spirit, a togetherness, and I think it will start to show in our performances."

The full interview with Darius is on our iFollow channel, along with Neal's full update ahead of the game.

Come and watch the Dons tomorrow with terrace tickets available to buy on the day. You can buy online up until 11 am on Saturday morning and collect pre-match from the white booth in Jack Goodchild Way.

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