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Scott: Clear message from the manager is key

Interview with Dons midfielder ahead of important home match

5 April 2019

Scott Wagstaff believes that manager Wally Downes has got the blend right in the battle to stay up.

The experienced midfielder says that Wally has created the right training environment to allow the squad to thrive, but he’s eager to maintain the momentum against Accrington Stanley tomorrow after six wins in nine matches.

 “We all know our jobs and we all know what we’re doing,” said Scott. “The gaffer has drilled that into us since he has come in. There’s a lot of video analysis too, which has helped a lot of the boys to see where we need to improve. I think that has shown in a lot of our performances this year and what we can do.

“It’s been good fun working with Wally. It’s been a different atmosphere. There’s a lot of light-hearted banter and it’s been good.

“It’s always good to have competition for places and with the ‘big man’ (James Hanson) coming in, I thought he played really well last Saturday. I think we just need to make sure we keep those key players as fit as possible until the end of the season. We’ll look to manage that as they are key players now.”

Scott Wagstaff aims to bring his experience to the fore at a key stage in the season to help our young squad over the line to safety.

“It’s always good to share a bit of experience and hopefully that can help the boys on Saturday,” said Scott in an interview for our iFollow Dons channel. “There are not too many experienced players in the squad. It’s a really young squad and I like to think a lot of the boys look up to us older lads. If they ever need advice they’d be happy to come to us, as I’m getting on a bit now!”

Scott got on the score sheet when The Dons visited Accrington last September, but he’ll be looking to avenge a 2-1 defeat when the two clubs meet again at home tomorrow afternoon.

“I came on at half-time. We were behind and the thinking was to bring a bit of energy to the team,” said Scott. “I managed to score a goal and it was quite a good one, I quite enjoyed it, but it wasn’t enough to get us over the line. We deserved probably at least at point up there. It’s a tough place to go, but we probably deserved a bit more. It’s going to be a tough one Saturday, but we’re all looking forward to it.”

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