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Kwesi aims to repay the faith with more goals

Interview with striker ahead of Burton away game

31 August 2018

Kwesi Appiah is determined to make up for lost time in his AFC Wimbledon career and the striker is confident he can help put League One points on the board.

Following a 2017/18 season interrupted by injury, Kwesi feels in good shape to hit the goal trail and assist strike partner Joe Pigott, who has struck four times already this season.

Speaking during an interview for iFollow, Kwesi said: "Joe has come on in leaps and bounds since he first came here. He is enjoying himself and he's looking great. Joe is in great form, so I'm really happy for him. Everybody is out there to help the team and we need everyone to chip in with more goals. The more we score, the more chances we have of winning games. As long as everyone chips in we should be okay in terms of our results.

"My first season here was obviously interrupted badly by injuries, but I'm back fit now and raring to go. I just want to put in the performances and do what I can to help the team. I've benefited massively from a full pre-season. I got off the mark against Walsall, but that was obviously in sour circumstances because of the defeat. It is nice for strikers to get the goals and get up and running for the season."

Kwesi, whose first spell here came on loan back in 2013/14, is eager to repay the faith shown in him by the coaching staff.

"The coaching staff have been brilliant with me," he added. "I was on loan a few years back and ever since then they've shown an interest in how I've been. That's why I came back here to be honest. They've shown good belief in me, I've got good belief in myself, and it's a good fit. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and we want this club to push on and progress up the league. We have high hopes for the season and support from the fans will really help us along the way.

"It was a big game (against West Ham) and everybody wants to be involved in matches like that. Unluckily for me, I was injured a couple of games before so I only trained for one day in the build-up to it. It was always going to be tough for me to get any more minutes than I did.

"The boys performed outstandingly with 10 men for a long duration of the game. Credit to the lads for the shift that they put in, obviously we were leading at one point as well. A lot of people that watched the game, family and friends, said that it looked good for us and if we perform like that in the league we will be flying. We can take encouragement from that performance."

The Dons will tomorrow be seeking to extend an unbeaten away record this season, but Kwesi knows it will be a tough challenge.

"You have to bear in mind that Burton are a team relegated from the Championship, so they've played at a higher level," added Kwesi. "They will have that little bit of experience, but we have to show what we are about and impose our game on them away from home. Hopefully, we can get the result. Overall, we have to do better than we did last season, that's the main aim."

The full interview with Kwesi is on our iFollow channel.


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