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Wally: This month is an opportunity

Manager's squad update with Burton at home up next

7 February 2019

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Wally Downes is confident that Wimbledon can start turning positive performances into points, ahead of a busy spell of match action in league and cup.

The Dons have four more league games coming up this month, starting with Burton Albion at home on Saturday, plus the Emirates FA Cup tie against Millwall.

And our manager believes it’s a spell when The Dons can start making up ground on the teams above in the League One table.

“The performances for me have been good and something to build on,” said Wally. “I am really positive about it and I think our time is coming now. This month is an opportunity to really put some wins together and get away from the position that we are in.

“The spirit has been good since I’ve been here. The only time it’s been a little bit down was after the performance against Fleetwood, but they cleared the air with the next game in the cup. For me, the morale has been very good, we’ve tried to instil that into them. I’ve been saying to myself recently that teams around us have been on little winning runs, so that’s why we’re sort of anchored at the bottom, but our time is coming now. We need to get some wins and then the morale will be even better. There’s nothing better than a winning dressing room to have some spirit in. It’s the wins that do that and we need to start putting victories together now.”

Wally will have Andy Barcham back in contention for the squad on Saturday after a hamstring injury, but it will come too soon for James Hanson and Dylan Connolly is doubtful with an ankle knock.

“Barchy has come back, he has been training properly this week. No sign of James Hanson yet for the foreseeable future, maybe for a couple of weeks. He’s been back on the training pitch, but not joining in yet. Dylan got a whack in the game at Sunderland, so he’s doubtful, though he’s done a little bit more today than I thought he was doing. He could maybe join in with us tomorrow and be back in the fray.”

Joe Pigott’s midweek hat-trick in the Central League match at Southend United provided a boost at a time when Wimbledon need to start scoring League One goals and new boy Michael Folivi is settling in well, according to Wally.

“Joe Pigott is a goalscorer and it’s our job to get the ball into the box to enable him to score. We need goals and he’s a goalscorer, so he is certainly coming into the equation. There’s nothing better than getting a hat-trick to boost your confidence, although I never got one! A goal is a goal and any striker will tell you that any goal they will accept at any time. Joe put his goals away really well the other day.

“Michael is a bubbly little character, technically very good, and with the level he’s played at he’s a goalscorer as well. It’s about the rest of them making opportunities and me getting them into the right areas, so that they can put the goals away.”

The full interview with Wally is available to watch by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above.

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