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Wally’s message: Enjoy the moment

Manager's interview for iFollow with Oxford up next

11 April 2019

Wally Downes has called on his players to embrace the challenge of keeping Wimbledon in League One, as they prepare for another important match at Oxford United.

The match at the Kassam Stadium pitches together two in-form sides and Wally’s boys have an opportunity to move out of the bottom four with a victory.

Speaking during an interview for our iFollow interview, Wally said: “They have got to enjoy what they are doing. When I spoke to them the other day I said that they have to be in the ‘now’. You have got to enjoy what you are going to be a part of. A lot of people didn’t give us a chance when I came in. Last year there was a great survival bid and I’m sure that the players involved in it will remember that. It’s important that they enjoy what they are doing at the moment. Don’t focus on what goes beyond. Enjoy what you are doing and creating, giving yourself a chance, and look forward to the next game.

“They have set some standards now that they cannot afford to fall below. They are professionals, they are playing well, they are being successful, and everyone can see that, but they cannot afford to fall below those standards. Subsequently, players coming into the squad or joining in with the group, they need to raise their game to be a part of it.”

The full interview with our manager can now be viewed by clicking on the link above to our iFollow channel.


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