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Tom Soares: I do it in training every day!

Interview with returning midfielder after his stunning strike at Charlton

5 September 2018

Fit-again Tom Soares took his super strike against Charlton in his stride and said with a smile, "I do it in training every day!"

The former Crystal Palace and Stoke midfielder took on the captain's armband at The Valley last night and he marked the occasion with a goal of the season contender.

"I got the ball and just opened up and bent it into the top corner," said Tom. "I do it in training every day! It's a normal thing for me, you can ask Joe McDonnell and Tom King!"

Tom, on his way back from a hamstring injury, completed three quarters of the game and left the pitch with Wimbledon 2-1 up. Although Charlton pegged it back to level the scores in normal time and took the group game to penalties, the Dons wrapped up a 4-2 victory from the spot.

"I feel really good," said Tom. "Obviously my hamstring was a bit tight before, but I'm back now. It was good to get the minutes and we'll just go from there. We've been playing well in the last few games, but the results haven't quite been there. It's great to be back out there and obviously great to get the win."

Joe McDonnell saved penalties from Charlton's Nicky Ajose and George Lapslie in the shoot-out and was among those who earned praise from the skipper on the night.

"He's done really well, he's a brilliant keeper," said Tom. "He works hard and trains hard every day. It was good to see him have a good game and make a few saves.

"It was good to see the kids coming through and playing well, like they have been. Anthony (Hartigan) is a great footballer and it was good for him to get on the score sheet. Toby (Sibbick) has been working really hard in pre-season and it's good to see him out on the pitch doing really well.

"It's good for the team to have that competition. It pushes you harder and you want that number one spot. If you're slacking, then you know that someone is right on your shoulder ready to take that shirt off of you."

The focus now for Tom is to be in contention for Neal Ardley's squad for the trip to Kent on Saturday in League One, as Wimbledon take on Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium.

"It was good to get back to winning ways in this competition, hopefully we'll push on, bring that back into the league and start climbing up the table," added Tom.

The full interview with Tom Soares is available by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above. You can also watch an interview with Neal Ardley and extended highlights from last night, including the penalty shoot-out victory at Charlton, on iFollow.


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