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Rambo: We've just got to keep fighting

Young England keeper confident of helping Wimbledon stay up

15 April 2019

Aaron Ramsdale remains as confident about Wimbledon’s prospects of survival, as he has been between the posts during our second-half of the season.

“We’re in a great position. We’re a point off two teams and a win off two others, so we’ve got a great run-in,” said Aaron. “We’ve got Bristol Rovers at home on Good Friday. Luton is a bit of a free-hit, so hopefully we can get something there if they are already in party-mode. Then it’s Wycombe at home and one big push up at Bradford, who probably will have already been relegated by then.

“We’ve just got to keep fighting; it’s what this club is all about. We have the fans and the players singing off the same hymn sheet and I believe we can stay up.

“When you look into the story and see documentaries and hear Glyn and the gaffer speak, you don’t want to see what might happen. We’re trying everything in our powers to make this a special season from a bad season, if that makes sense!”

Aaron was in top form last month as a string of clean sheets earned accolades. The young England keeper, on loan from Premier League Bournemouth, was back at the peak of his powers again at Oxford on Saturday as he helped claim a point after another impressive shut-out.

“It was a great point on the road,” said Aaron. “When you think about it, we could have caved-in and not picked up anything. The lads showed great fight and resilience and we’ve ground out a very good point. It was a learning curve, but thankfully we got through to the end.

“It’s brilliant when the fans are singing your name. Even though there are thirteen other players involved, 1300 people singing your name is a special moment. Other than that, they filled their section of the stand and didn’t stop singing and it really does drive you on at times. You can hear a little moan and groan because we haven’t played well, but they know it could be a great point come the end of the season. “

Aaron is particularly grateful for the coaching he receives from Ashley Bayes and the work-ethic amongst our other keepers at an important time in the season.

“We had a bad week against Gilingham and at Scunthorpe as well,” admitted Aaron.”We sort of forgot about that. We watched the clips on the Monday and said ‘right, that’s done’. Since then, Bayzo has put on fun sessions, like we’ve done with deflections, and they've really helped.

“When you’ve got Joe McDonnell, Nik Tzanev and Bert White actually performing just as well as you want them too, it brings my standards up as well. It’s full credit to them because ‘Macca’ might know he’s not playing at the weekend, but he’s pushing me as if he is playing. It’s full testament to the Goalkeeper’s Union.”

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