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Simon's squad update ahead of Southend

Interview with Interim Manager before home game on Saturday

22 November 2018

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Simon Bassey said it's been a positive week on the training pitch, as he aims to guide AFC Wimbledon to a much-needed victory on Saturday.

Our Interim Manager reported that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the home game against Southend, but James Hanson (calf) and Tyler Garratt (knee) are both still sidelined.

And Simon has been focusing on developing a positive mindset among the group in the build-up to Saturday.

“It is a difficult situation, but you try to be positive," said Simon. "We need to have a good intensity to our work and the spirit has been really good. In terms of that I can’t thank the lads enough for their efforts. Every day they’ve been at it and trained well. Moving forward, we hope that takes us to a good place. When people understand where we are and what’s needed, there has to be a certain element of positivity and a certain element of realism. We have to face the situation we are in head-on. We go into it in good spirits because ultimately people will work better and give more for you when that’s the case. We are approaching the next game in a positive frame of mind and we hope to get three points from it.

“It’s been a good week. We did some video analysis stuff on Monday, looked at things we didn’t do well enough at Doncaster, obviously the two goals we conceded, and we addressed that. We went through the game and we had some really good periods of play, especially in the first-half. I think it’s important during the run we are in that we don’t just focus on the negatives and we take the positives out of it as well, because I think there were a few positives. We addressed those as well because you don’t keep hitting people with sticks.

"We have to keep them going, keep them believing, For large parts of the game, the lads will say this as well, we felt comfortable. That really echoed what I said after the game. I didn’t really see us getting beat until we switched off for the free-kick. We addressed the negatives, encouraged the positives, and we’ve done sessions that will hopefully make those positives a more common theme in our play. We move forward in good spirits.”

The full interview with Simon is available to watch by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above.

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