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Wally ahead of Rochdale: let’s make it a fortress

Interview with our new manager ahead of key home game

7 December 2018

Wally Downes has called on the supporters and players to help make our home ground a fortress, ahead of Saturday's game against Rochdale.

The Dons will be aiming to make it two home wins on the bounce after edging out Southend United and our new manager wants his side to go on the attack tomorrow.

"I don't like harping back, but when I used to play there were 4,000 or 5,000 fans there, but sometimes you would think there were 50,000 fans there. If the fans are making a noise, if the fans are really at it, then those players will respond to it. Certainly, I know that if the fans are looking to get us out of this trouble which we are in, they will raise the roof for the boys, and I guarantee that the people out there will be giving 100 per cent to respond to the support that they get.

"We've got some clips on Rochdale, the usual analysis that comes through. I haven't had too much time in the last few days to focus on that, but Glyn has and he's been terrific. He has been working with our analyst and we won't be lacking any focus or coming away from it saying that we don't know what Rochdale are about. Having said that, the opposition is largely irrelevant for this game. It's all about how we approach the game, it's all about our attitude, and how much we are looking to rectify the position that we are in.

"Overall, what I took from Tuesday’s game is that I think we play better on the front foot with a bit of energy and looking to get into the opposition’s half quicker than what we did in the first-half. Having won the last home league game, winning another one will be a fillip for the side. This has got to become a fortress with the amount of games we have left. We have to make sure at home that we are solid and we look to break and put teams on the back foot, so that we can win these matches."

Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth will miss tomorrow's game as he is serving a three-match suspension due to his sending off in the Checkatrade Trophy tie on Tuesday night. Captain Deji Oshilaja is doubtful with a bruised foot and Kwesi Appiah is still injured.

Show your support at the start of Wally's reign on Saturday by cheering on the boys against Rochdale. We still have terrace tickets available for the Chemflow End and the RyGas terrace. Order in advance from our online ticket shop (until 11 am on Saturday) or pay at the turnstiles on the day.

Wally was talking during an exclusive interview for our iFollow channel, ahead of Rochdale. Click on the link above to watch our manager's full update.


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