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Will: We've got to make sure this happens

Popular centre-back prepared to give everything in final push for Wimbledon

8 April 2019

Centre-back Will Nightingale is more determined than ever to help Wimbledon win our battle to remain in League One.

“When I cross that line, I go out to win every game,” said Will.  “There are five games to play for and I want to get fifteen points. I’d like to win every single game, it doesn’t matter who I play against and that’s got to be our attitude. We’ve been doing well going into games and we’ve got to keep that momentum going.

“We were adrift and for us to comeback from that and now be level on points is massive. We can’t stop there. Why work so hard to get yourself out of it to let it be a waste or all for nothing? We’ve got to keep on at each other and we’ve got to make sure this happens. I believe it’s going to happen and I feel that everyone around the club does too.

“It’s a massive honour for me, a massive privilege. I’ve dreamt of it as a little boy. To actually come out and play at this stadium, captain the side and with the good news of the stadium coming soon means everything to me. I’m trying to use that as a positive to drive us on. We’ve got a few of us now who are standing up as leaders and we’ve got to do everything we can to drive us over that line. Personal achievements have to be set aside as everyone has got to be doing everything for the club as that’s the most important thing.”

Will has thrived in the role of captain, having taken on the armband in the absence of the injured Deji Oshilaja, He’s aiming to take the positives from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Accrington into our next game at Oxford United.   

“There were mixed emotions in the changing room,” said Will. “Some of us felt we should have won, but it’s another point closer. If it’s the point that keeps us up, we’ll all take that. We’ve got to make sure that it is the point that keeps us up.

“A draw is always a good result, depending on what your results are either side of it. If we go to Oxford and get a win, then the game against Accrington is a great point. It all depends on that. We’ve now got to make sure that we make that point a good point.

“We’ve now got to go into the last five games of the season making sure that we keep control. You need to keep that concentration for the whole game. You don’t win games of football in half an hour or half a game; it’s got to be the full ninety minutes. If we learn from that and finish strong, then it can be a positive.

“Other results went our way on Saturday. You can look at it in two ways. It would have been nice if we could have dragged ourselves even more out of it, but other results haven’t punished us.”  

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