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Simon: We want to build momentum

Interview with first-team coach ahead of home match against Bradford City

1 October 2018

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Simon Bassey believes that Saturday's first home win of the season has provided a big lift to the squad and he said that they are raring to go for Bradford City on Tuesday night.

Speaking during a pre-match interview for iFollow, our first-team coach said that he's looking forward to another Wimbledon match under the lights tomorrow.

"It gives you a big lift (first home win). You always feel that the nucleus of a good season is good home form. Early on, we put in some really good performances at home, but we didn't get the results that we felt we deserved. It's always nice to get that first home win off your back and we can move on now. Having another home game so quickly is brilliant for us to try and build some momentum with our home form.

"Saturday was a real team effort. The defence restricted them to very little, but in midfield we were industrious and hard-working. We played from a good shape. It was probably not as expansive as we had been at times this season, but needs must. We had gone away from home the week before and we had been sloppy in our transitions, in the stuff that we pride ourselves on. As the manager has alluded to, we worked really hard last week on having that mentality to be hard to beat. We were really pleased with how we came through it, so to get that first home win was fantastic.

"Tuesday night under the lights is always good. The pitch at the moment is in immaculate condition, so we are all looking forward to getting going again. Bradford have a fantastic travelling support. I'm sure they will be vocal and so will our supporters. I expect a good atmosphere and a really good game."

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

James Hanson missed Saturday’s victory due to a hamstring injury and Simon added that he is doubtful to face his hometown club, the striker having spent eight very successful years at Bradford City.

 “It is probably too soon for James, we are waiting for the scan results on him, but he’s probably not going to be close enough for tomorrow,” said Simon. “Everyone else is fine. They’ve been in today and recovered well. We’ve been through some bits and pieces with them and we are raring to go. We are looking to get another three points at home, which would set us up for a good away trip after that.”

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