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Manager outlines approach for Christmas schedule

Interview with Wally Downes ahead of match at Wycombe Wanderers

20 December 2018

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Wally Downes said he’s been encouraged by the squad’s application to training since his appointment as AFC Wimbledon manager.

Wally has worked the players hard since taking over the reins and there will be no Christmas Day off as the players prepare for the Boxing Day game against Plymouth Argyle.

"I cannot praise them enough for the efforts that they are putting in on the training pitch," said Wally. "Everybody has responded, the training has gone really well, and it's been a pleasure to train with them for two weeks. The important thing in the position that we are in is first of all to become hard to beat. I thought we were hard to beat against Rochdale and we looked like being hard to beat against Charlton, but we made two unforced errors that allowed them to capitalise. They couldn't really score through their own making in that game. I was pleased with how we performed, but I was not happy with the mistakes that we made.

"The tide had turned a little before I got here, the losing run had been dispelled and after the Charlton game it could have been disappointing because we slipped to the bottom of the league, but they've come in on the Monday and we had a review to get everything out of the way from Charlton. For the rest of the week they've progressed and I'm looking forward to Saturday.

"If we go to Wycombe and get a result then we are looking forward to the Christmas period at home. Six points from them would be terrific, if we could give the fans that.

"The games come thick and fast, so it's rest and recovery really. We are coming in on Christmas Day because we are preparing for a game. It's the life you choose as a footballer. We had a little motto at one of my previous clubs: 'Christmas, you just have to get on with it'. If you are a footballer, it's Christmas Day every day. You can't have the extra mince pie, so just say no!"

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