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Goal-saving block meant more to Deji than scoring

Interview with in-form defender after valuable point at Rochdale

19 March 2018

Deji Oshilaja was quick off the mark on Saturday when he scored after just seven minutes, but he said that his goal-saving block to deny Ian Henderson a goal meant more to him.

During a post-match interview for iFollow after the 1-1 draw at Rochdale, Deji was asked what moment gave him greater satisfaction and his answer was clear-cut: "Definitely the clearance, as we were 1-0 up as well. I was happier with the clearance, that's why you could see me celebrating! The boys dug deep, a lot of players put their bodies on the line, so I think everyone should be happy.

"I think I'm playing well, but the most important thing is the team. It doesn't matter if I play well and we lose. As long as I play well and help the team to pick up points to get to where we need to be, I will feel much better. I'm in a good place right now and long may that continue."

Click on the link below to watch a clip of Deji's valuable contribution on Saturday.

Deji had a new centre back partner on Saturday with Will Nightingale getting the nod in place of the injured Darius Charles. Young Dons defender Will earned praise from Deji for his performance, as Wimbledon earned what could turn out to be another vital point in the battle to stay up.

"I thought Will did well, especially after being out for so long. I thought he acquitted himself well and he can be happy with the way he played. We knew it was going to be tough. We knew that they could play, but they can also lump it as well, so we had to be on our game. We had to fight for the cause and I felt that we did that.

"Rochdale are in good form, regardless of their position in the league. We knew they would be a tough team to play against, but I thought we defended well after scoring so early. I thought we could have maybe had one more, but they also had a few chances too, so I guess we are happy with a point. It's another point closer to where we need to get to and we know that we have to keep chipping away in every game. We will look at Shrewsbury now and try to get some points there as well. If we keep plugging away, I'm sure we will be fine."

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