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Anthony prepared to scrap for more points

Post-match interview with midfielder after important victory

25 November 2018

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Anthony Wordsworth said he’s prepared to put in the hard midfield graft required to help AFC Wimbledon climb the League One table.

Speaking to iFollow after helping the Dons to a much-needed 2-1 victory against Southend, Anthony said he would love to get among the goals, but the experienced midfielder is ready to put the team first.

“Things have been difficult recently,” said Anthony. “We have to enjoy that feeling (winning) as it feels good, but we can’t dwell on it too much as we have another game on Tuesday that we have to steam into. We need to crack on, enjoy this moment for now, but we haven’t done anything yet. We need to put more points on the board and hopefully this is the start of something special.

“I had a slight injury problem two weeks ago that was holding me back, but I’ve played two games on the bounce now and I’m feeling fitter and stronger now. On a personal note, I would have liked to have had a few more chances in and around the goal. I want to score goals as it’s something I’ve done over the years, but on the other hand I have to do my defensive duties. If we have to battle it out in midfield and scrap for a 2-1 win, then it has to be done.”

Anthony was full of praise for the way that Interim Manager Simon Bassey and Steven Reid had prepared the team for yesterday’s match.

“They have been brilliant since they’ve been in charge,” added Anthony. “Training has been superb. Bass has been here for a long time, he loves the club, and ‘Reidy’ has Premier League experience. He has brought some fresh ideas and training has been spot-on. We need to take that into the next games.

“The half-time team-talk was spot-on and credit to Bass for that as he got a reaction from the lads and the second-half was much better. I can’t repeat what was said as I will get in trouble!

“I said to Mitch (Pinnock) afterwards that it was probably the best 45 minutes I’ve seen from a Wimbledon player since I’ve been here. He was brilliant in the second-half. We need to keep him firing so that he can take that performance into the next games.”

Post-match interviews with Anthony and Simon Bassey are on iFollow and extended highlights will be on our premium channel from 12 noon today.

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