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Tips from Simon led to Joe’s important cameo

Interview with match-winner after his last-gasp goal

19 February 2018

By Rob Cornell

Saturday's match-winning hero Joe Pigott was quick to thank coach Simon Bassey for helping him settle into life so quickly at Wimbledon, after his vital contribution against Bristol Rovers.

Joe headed a dramatic, injury-time winner in the 1-0 victory  – and he's grateful to the longest-serving member of the first team staff for his guidance.

"Simon Bassey has been very understanding with me," said Joe in an interview with iFollow Dons, having made the step-up from non-league football.

"He's been really good with me and takes time to talk to the lads one-on-one. He went through some video clips with me, which was really helpful and he gave me the advice to stay in the box, to be on the move, and it's paid off."

The striker is adapting his game from playing regularly on a 4G surface at previous club Maidstone United, to the grass at The Cherry Red Records Stadium

"Obviously, it's quite a big change to what I've been used to. It's going to take time and I'm still adapting now," he admitted.

The former Charlton Athletic forward feels the support of his new team-mates, since his move in the January transfer window, is another vital reason why he's managed to find his feet so quickly in League One.

"I've settled in really well and it's a great squad. I enjoy spending time with them all, especially with the away trips we've had so far and I'm happy to contribute. It was only my second goal, but it was a massive one.

"It was a great ball from Harry (Forrester) and thankfully I managed to get my head on it," said Joe. "It nestled in the corner which was really nice and it was a great three points for us."

Both Joe and Harry were introduced in the second-half during the win over Bristol Rovers. The duo teamed up for what could be a vital goal for the Dons.

"Harry is a top player and it proves how good the squad is in strength and depth that whenever called upon, we can all come on and make a difference."

Joe is happy to have hit the ground running – adding to his debut goal in the 2-0 victory over Blackpool last month. He's already made an important contribution to the Dons fight to stay up.

"A lot was said in the past week or so and the Bristol Rovers game was a case of putting words into action. I think we showed great character - not just the players, but the staff as well - to get a result."

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