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Fresh approach revitalises Scott ahead of Coventry challenge

Interview with new midfielder before Wimbledon's first home match

10 August 2018

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Scott Wagstaff believes that Neal Ardley has assembled the right blend of youth and experience, as Wimbledon bid to build on a bright start to 2018/19.

Scott, previously with Charlton and Bristol City, joined the Dons last month from League One rivals Gillingham and he's keen for his knowledge to rub off on the younger members of the Dons squad.

Speaking in an interview with our premium iFollow Dons channel before Saturday's match against Coventry, Scott said: "Sometimes when you go to a new club you don't get to know the younger players. I think the way the manager is trying to bring his ethos of having the young lads and the experienced players mixing together has enhanced and made us a tighter group.

"My new roommate is Toby Sibbick and he's not a snorer either, which is always a good thing! He's a good lad and hopefully he can learn a little bit off me as an older player and take a few things from a few of the other lads as well.

"When we went away to Celtic Manor in pre-season, Ivor Heller told all the new players how the club came about. It's a brilliant story and it gets in your head and makes you want to give that little bit extra! You know where we've come from and in such a short space of time as well. That can only bring everyone together and it's a good story that hopefully we can add to.

"It's a good group already. It's become a very tight-knit group and there are great personalities in the team and winning games is only going to enhance that. It's always good when you've got healthy competition for places, if you haven't got that competition you can become lazy. You sort of think you're going to play every week, but now all the boys are at it in training and being really intense with their work. It's a good atmosphere to be in and around at the moment."

Wimbledon got off to the perfect start with three points and a clean sheet at Fleetwood, spoiling Joey Barton's managerial debut following Joe Pigott's goal on the hour. Scott went close to doubling the Dons tally and he's aiming to open his account soon, starting with the first home game on Saturday.

"We were a goal up, it was an open game and I managed to get a chance," added Scott. "I thought it was going in the goal, but it wasn't to be and the goalie made a good save. Hopefully I can bring that to the table if I'm starting or if I have to come on in games, but it was good to get my first game under my belt for Wimbledon and I really enjoyed it.

"We've been concentrating on ourselves over the past week. It's going to be a tough game though as Coventry are a good side as they've recruited well over the summer. It's one of those situations where hopefully we're going to get off to a good start at home in front of our fans, which we're all looking forward to hopefully in front of a packed stadium. I know they'll probably bring a fair few with them, so it'll be a good atmosphere.

"It's something to get excited about, especially after our win last weekend as it gives our fans something to look forward to. Hopefully they can get behind us and we can do the job for them on Saturday."

Click on the link above to watch Scott Wagstaff's full interview on iFollow and a short clip of it is below.

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