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Nightingale wants Wimbledon to push on

Young Player of the Year aims for more points after Blackburn victory

17 September 2017

By Rob Cornell

Will Nightingale wants AFC Wimbledon to keep up their momentum, after the centre-back helped the side to another clean sheet with victory at Blackburn Rovers.

Nightingale formed a solid back line in front of goalkeeper George Long, who pulled off a tremendous save late on to protect the Dons lead and secure the three points at Ewood Park.

“We’ve got to kick on. We can’t just rest on our laurels. We’re going to rest up and then get ourselves ready for Friday,” said Will in an interview to our premium iFollow Dons channel.

A clip of our interview with Will Nightingale is available via a link below to our official YouTube channel.

“We want to go out and win every game now. If we all help each other out on and off the ball, give everything we can on the training pitch, listen to the gaffer and take on the advice he’s been working so hard to give us – we can kick on now.

“This has got to be a point where we look round and think – ‘do you know what? We want to start climbing this table’ – because we’re good enough, but obviously we’ve got to put that into practice.

The committed Dons defender backed his room-mate George Long after another impressive display from the goalkeeper, on a season loan from Championship club Sheffield United.

“In the changing room after, some of the lads said that’s the best save they’ve seen in live play in a game they’ve been involved in. George has been a revelation for us this season. I room with him on away trips, he’s been brilliant and some of the saves he’s pulled off have been outstanding.

“For such a young age for a keeper, he’s going to have a fantastic career and he deserves it as he works hard.

“It’s a team game and we all have to dig in when you know there’s going to be a response from the opposition, but it was a fantastic goal from Kwesi (Appiah). He was a problem for their defence and that applied to Lyle, Barchy and Cody when he came on as well.”

Will, who won the Dons’ Young Player of the year award  last season, was also delighted for the 369 fans that made the trip to Lancashire and those following from further afield.

“When you look at the amount of fans that made the trip to Blackburn, then it’s nice to give back to them and all the Wimbledon supporters that are following us.  

“We’ve not had the best of starts and we all know that, but it’s not through lack of trying. We’ve got to turn it around and we can’t keep saying we were unlucky here and there. The gaffer is doing everything he can and now the players are reaping the rewards.

“It’s nice to get a win at such a massive stadium, but now we must kick on,” said Will.  

The full interview with Will Nightingale, reaction from Neal Ardley and extended highlights of our great win at Blackburn Rovers are available to subscribers of our iFollow Dons channel.


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