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Man of the Match Jon Meades puts the team first in repeat battle to keep Wimbledon up

Long-serving full-back on his important contribution to the cause

23 April 2018

By Rob Cornell

Jon Meades is confident that the Dons will have enough to stay up this season after his man of the match display helped earn a valuable point against Oldham.

Five years since the full-back played a pivotal role in keeping Wimbledon in League 2, Jon is aiming to do the same for the club in League 1 and his important goals against Oxford and Oldham have certainly helped. He also claimed an assist after being pushed into midfield with his pass setting up Joe Pigott for Wimbledon's second goal.

"I'm really enjoying being out there," said Jon. "I think I'm hitting my peak performances as well, and it's a nice time to do it. Hopefully, I can continue that, but it's not about me. It's just about making sure that the team is performing well and that will produce the results we need to do the business.

"The quality of the game at times (on Saturday) was not as good as it has been, especially in the second-half. I felt like we could go up another gear, but with the tension and stuff sometimes it's quite hard. I thought we battled well and everyone is prepared to put their bodies on the line. I think if everyone keeps on doing that for the last few games we will be fine."

See the clip below for Jon talking us through his important contributions on Saturday.

Jon headed into Saturday's game having been reminded of his important goal at Gillingham back in 2013 and his strike against Oldham was another example of Wimbledon's improvement from attacking set-piece situations.

"I think recently we've been more of a threat from set-pieces and that's something we had tried to improve upon from the first half of the season," added Jon. "We cannot just rely on the strikers to score the goals, it needs to come from everyone. Dean Parrett scored an important goal for us last week, Liam Trotter has scored a couple, and it takes the weight off the strikers. Their job is to score the goals, but it's a team game and we need to chip in as well.

"It was nice to get a goal again. I know on Friday that the club put on Twitter (about the Gillingham goal) and I was thinking it would be nice to get another goal and it happened. I'm just a little disappointed that we did not get the three points after being in the lead twice, but it's an important point with results going for us again. We just have to move on now with three games to come.

"I actually enjoyed the assist more. It was a great ball by Callum, I made a forward run and he found me. Two of their players got quite tight and I managed to get in between them. Then I was thinking, 'can I get a brace?' I thought that Joe was in a good position, so I squared it back. It looked easy, but they had two men on the line and he finished it well."

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