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Cody backs Joe to follow in his footsteps by making an impact at higher level

Interview with experienced striker ahead of Blackpool game

19 January 2018

By Chris Slavin

Cody McDonald believes that new signing Joe Pigott has the quality to make a success of his AFC Wimbledon move after stepping up from Maidstone United.

Having used his own time in non league at Witham Town, Maldon Town and Dartford, as a launchpad for a prolific Football League career, Cody is backing Wimbledon's new striker to do the same.

"It takes a lot of hard work, but Joe has obviously done that," said Cody. "He is a great kid, I played with him for a couple of months at Gillingham after he came in on loan from Charlton. He has definitely got great ability, which he has proven throughout this season and throughout his career. Joe is a great addition to the squad and I am looking forward to working with him.

"It is good to keep you on your toes. There has only been me and Lyle up front in recent weeks and the manager has brought someone in to keep the competition strong. It's healthy competition for the squad, which is always a great thing."

Speaking during an interview for iFollow ahead of tomorrow's home game against Blackpool, Cody is confident in the squad's ability to climb the table, but he added that they must start putting more wins on the board soon.

"We can keep saying we are going to be all right, but no qualms about it, we have to start getting the points," added Cody. "I'm confident there's enough in the dressing room to do that, but the longer we keep saying, 'in another 10 games, we might need 20 points', then all of a sudden it looks like an endless task. We have to really start knuckling down, and it's important that we kick-start it on Saturday with a good home victory. Our home form in recent weeks has been better than our away form. The goals have come, so I'm really looking forward to Saturday, and getting back out there. Hopefully, I can give the fans something to cheer about.

"I don't feel like my performances have dropped, just the goals have not come for me in the last couple of games. I had good chances against Gillingham and I'm disappointed I did not take one of those, but I'm still happy with where my game is at. I'm confident that it's a matter of time before the goals starting coming again."

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