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Wally’s verdict after making it two in a row

Post-match interview with Dons manager after important Boxing Day win

26 December 2018

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Wally Downes was quick to target a third successive victory after watching his revitalised Wimbledon side get the better of Plymouth Argyle today.

Speaking during his post-match interview for iFollow, Wally talked about building on what’s been achieved since he took over with the Dons having only lost once in four games since his arrival.

“It’s the message that it gives us really,” said Wally. “It’s given us the opportunity, if we keep winning, to get out of the bottom four as quickly as we can. That was always the short-term aim and I’ve no complaints about how the players are going about it because we are off the bottom and the next aim is to get out of the bottom four.

“They have some confidence from it. The two goals we’ve given away in the last two games haven’t been great because we haven’t been carved open. I’ve been happy with the way we’ve been defending. We’re solid at home now and we just have to keep defending the way that we have been.

“It just shows that we’re improving and the players are working together as a unit. They are getting some benefits from what they are doing and they have to take that into the next game. They’ve set some standards for themselves with their work and their understanding. It’s important that they take that into the next game. The two wins won’t be as valuable if we don’t get a result in the next game.

“From a personal point of view, I was disappointed that they scored. It was a great goal from their player, but I thought that we were on top and it was a body blow. It was great that we came back from it as quickly as we did and it gave us the opportunity at half-time to say, ‘go out and win the next half’. They are all experienced enough, all that they had to do from that position was win the second-half by keeping a clean sheet, because I was convinced we would score, and that’s what happened.”

Wally was full of praise for the quality of the goals scored by Wimbledon today and he believes the fans are responding to committed performances from the squad.

“It would be terrific if they can weigh in with goals like that,” added Wally. “It looked a simple technique for Mitch, but under pressure going through there it was a great finish. It was equally as good as Anthony’s goal. The first one probably looked more spectacular, but both of them required a high degree of technique. They both used everything they’ve learned in their football careers. From when you are a five-year-old kid, sometimes you have to think of stuff that you’ve done and it all comes off at some point. For ‘Woody’ that was a volley and for Mitch it was everybody looking, keeper off his line, and he had to finish it the way he did. He did that superbly.”

“The fans are certainly behind the players. All they want to see is the players putting some spirit and effort in, chasing lost causes, and putting their bodies on the line. I’ve got no complaints about that as the players have been terrific at it.”    

The interview with Wally is available to watch by clicking on the link above.

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