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Wally: We’ve given ourselves a fighting chance

Manager's reaction after important victory

27 April 2019

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Wally Downes is pleased that Wimbledon’s players will now have their destiny in their own hands after a crucial win against Wycombe today.

A hard-fought win for The Dons and favourable results elsewhere means that Wally’s boys can guarantee another season in League One with a victory at Bradford City next Saturday.

“It was a great honour to be asked to come here and be manager,” said Wally. “There have been a few times when I’ve wondered about myself when we haven’t been getting results, but to give ourselves a fighting chance, which is all we want, on the last day of the season is fabulous. I remember the other week when we got seven points out of nine and we were bottom of the league, so it’s good to know that we’ve improved our position.

“I am really pleased that we’ve given ourselves a chance to go into one last game looking to win it and to achieve what we set out to do when I came here. You need to be focused on how you are going to overcome the obstacles that the opposition put in front of you. I have to be quite focused on how we are going to deal with the situation.”

The manager felt that the team defended well on the day and he praised the impact of two-goal hero Joe Pigott and his strike partner James Hanson.

“The key to the victory was being able to defend when we had to. We utilised the wind better than the opposition and we knew in the second-half with Bayo up front that they would be hitting long balls and we would have to deal with it. I felt that we dealt with it very well.

“Joe is a goalscorer and James Hanson opens things up for him. Defenders worry about him when crosses are coming in. Joe is cute enough and bright enough to get across people and find the gaps when they are looking for Hanson.”

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