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George eager to help Wimbledon recapture pre-Wembley league form

On-loan Sheffield United keeper targets climb up table

9 January 2018

Following his admirable attempts to deny Tottenham Hotspur's finest at Wembley, George Long is determined to help AFC Wimbledon climb the League One table.

Neal Ardley's men resume the League One campaign with a match at Milton Keynes on Saturday and Wimbledon will be aiming to recapture the form that earned seven points from 12 during the Christmas period.

"I feel that we've been doing well in the league recently and picking up points, especially at home," said George. "We've got to take forward steps and really push on now. Hopefully, we can keep our league form going, pick up more points, and start climbing the table.

"It was a brilliant experience playing at Wembley in the FA Cup against Tottenham. They (Premier League sides) have got that extra bit of quality, shooting from all angles, and the deliveries into the box are into the right areas. Concentration is massive because you don't really get a breather. You are sort of scanning right throughout the game, as they move the ball so quickly. I was in a few England youth squads with Harry (Kane) and I know what he is like. If he gets half chances, he will usually take them.

"We hit the bar in the first-half and had a couple of other good chances, but it was always going to be a tough afternoon with the quality they had in their side. We held them for 60 minutes and that's a big credit to us. The boys are proud of what they did and we can go away with our heads held up high. We can only take positives from it and learn from how good the Premier League players are. That's the level I aspire to get to and I am sure the rest of the boys do too."

George, who is on loan from Sheffield United, was quick to thank Wimbledon supporters for really getting behind the team on Sunday.

"I could probably hear them over the Spurs fans," said George. "That was brilliant for the boys and they gave us support right throughout the game, even when we went a couple of goals down. They kept on singing and supporting us. The ovation at the end from them was fantastic, so thanks a lot to the fans for that. It was brilliant support."

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