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Wally urges players to grasp opportunity

Full interview with manager on iFollow

28 December 2018

Wally Downes has urged the current squad to revel in their return to form by making it count against Blackpool on Saturday.

Though Wimbledon take on a side currently eighth in League One, two wins in succession have restored faith that the Dons can stay up this season.

Speaking during an update for our iFollow channel, Wally said: “There was only one direction for us to go in initially, so anything we’ve got has made the players look up. To string the two wins together has given them a lot of confidence because it’s brought us closer back to the pack. It’s looking a lot tighter there now.

“You can’t hide away from what you’ve done. The weight of defeat had been around the place for so long, it’s great to get rid of that, and now we have to continue with the winning mindset. The two victories, as great as they were, will be lost on us if we don’t carry on and make it three in a spin. It’s not often you get the opportunity to get a nine-point week and with the position that we were in, it’s a great fillip for the group.”

Wally expects a tough match on Saturday, but he believes that recent performances – the Dons have lost just one in the last four – have put the squad in good spirits.

“I think it is a test for us to make sure that we carry on with the good work from recently," added Wally. "I’ve been saying that it’s all about looking forward and winning the next game, but the two wins must have instilled some confidence and enthusiasm for the way that we are playing as a team.

“Even with victories, in this schedule, it’s just a case of rest and recovery and doing some work in the classroom, including reviewing things, and previewing what we are going to be doing next. That’s equally as important as the physical work that we do.

“The analysts have been terrific, they’ve been working overtime during the holidays, and we’ve got enough information on Blackpool, but with rest and recovery anything we do on them is basically done in the classroom. The learning styles of the players are catered for, whether it’s vocal or visual, or written, we are getting the information into them.”

Wally reported that James Hanson (hip) will miss out on Saturday and so too will Scott Wagstaff (calf). Deji Oshilaja and Joe Pigott have both made good progress, but this weekend will come too soon for them.

The full interview with Wally is available to watch on our iFollow channel.

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