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Simon calls for a display that reflects the club’s rise

First-team coach interviewed ahead of match at Bristol Rovers

22 October 2018

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Having been a part of AFC Wimbledon's rise through adversity, Simon Bassey has called for the players to produce a performance on Tuesday night that encapsulates everything the club is about.

It's likely to be a tough battle at Bristol Rovers tomorrow with just goal difference separating the two sides and our first-team coach wants to see the type of performance that reflects Wimbledon's history.

Simon, who has been here for every season since the club's reformation, said: "We are Wimbledon and when we go away from home we have to be dogged, we've got to be hard to beat, and represent the club in the right manner. That's being competitive and causing problems to other teams.

"Our situation is not ideal, we would like to be higher up the table. Did we play well enough earlier in the season to do that? Yes. Have we taken a dent in confidence? Yes. Are we giving silly goals away? Yes. We have to address those things because we cannot keep going along saying 'we were unlucky, we did quite well'. We are working hard and the boys are working hard to eradicate those things.

"We are hoping that on Tuesday night you will see a really strong and resilient Wimbledon team. One that the club stands for. You don't get to where we've got in 16 years if you are not strong and willing to go hard. The boys understand that and I'm sure you will see that on Tuesday night."

Simon is expecting a tough test against a Bristol Rovers side that need the points just as much as Wimbledon do at the moment.

"I've watched their game against Oxford," added Simon. "It was totally different and a bit like us against Portsmouth really. They started with one shape, changed at half-time, and made two subs. They came out with a different team, different shape, and they had a good second-half, so we are expecting something along the same lines to what they produced in the second-half. Obviously, we've worked this morning on how to counteract that, looking at their strengths, weaknesses, and how we can cause them problems. We have to tighten up at the back and look to cause other teams more problems as well."

In response to a question about squad availability for tomorrow night, Simon said it's too soon for Tyler Garratt (knee), Andy Barcham (calf) and Anthony Wordsworth (Achilles) to be considered.

Rob Cornell's full interview with Simon is available to watch on our iFollow channel by clicking on the link above.

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