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Harry: it was back to basics

Interview with attacking midfielder after Wimbledon's return to winning form

20 February 2018

By Rob Cornell

Harry Forrester believes there's enough talent in AFC Wimbledon's squad to stay up this season, but he said that the players had to go 'back to the drawing board' last week.

Forrester's impact as a substitute helped the Dons end a four-game losing streak by beating Bristol Rovers, but he was quick to look forward to the next challenge at Peterborough.

"There's an old saying – 'never too high, never too low'. It's about enjoying the moment, then about preparing for Peterborough next and going for three points. After such a positive January, to go four games as we did was disappointing. It was back to basics against Bristol Rovers and we said if we could nick a one-nil, just to get the confidence back, we'd do that. There's no better way to do that than the 90th minute and the place went a bit wild, which was good to see. Hopefully we can build on that and take confidence from it."

"There was seconds left when that ball went in, so there was no time for us to slip up! It was a great feeling and the boys are delighted as they work hard day in, day out.

"When you go to Plymouth away on a Tuesday night and don't get the result – it really hurts, but it was back to the drawing board days after. We know what talent we've got and it's just about belief and trying to build on what we've got now. We won't be resting on our laurels."

Harry hailed the support of Wimbledon's fans for really getting behind their team at a difficult time.

"It really does help when you've got fans that are willing you on to win and not go the other way," he added. "Sometimes things can go the other way and it puts even more pressure on you, but the fans were behind us from the first minute and eager for us to do well. Luckily we sent them home happy and that's what it's all about."

The game-changing winger played a major part in the build-up to Wimbledon's winner – crossing the ball for Joe Pigott to head home – and he praised the impact made by his team-mate.

"Joe seems to find every bump in the pitch and I don't think they have that on AstroTurf!" said Harry with a smile about his new colleague, who arrived from Maidstone last month where he played regularly on a 4G surface.

"He's had an amazing first month. He came in and was flying from his first game, when he got his goal (against Blackpool). Then he was thrown in to the action from the start and he did really well for us (with an assist against Bradford).

"Obviously, against Bristol Rovers, we both started on the bench and tried not to let it affect us, but Joe came on and got the winner for the team."

The former Watford and Aston Villa youngster also feels he has benefitted working with the Dons coach Simon Bassey, during his season-long loan spell with Wimbledon from Scottish giants Rangers.

"Bass has been brilliant since I arrived. He's eager for us to do well up top and help us out – not just on the pitch, but off it as well. He talks to us about our game and how we can improve it - not just as professionals, but for the team. This helps and breeds confidence for us," said Harry.

"We went to Plymouth and scored a couple of goals, we scored another against Bristol Rovers, which showed there are goals in the team and it's just about getting it right in both boxes."

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