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A clear-cut aim for Shane after goal plan almost goes awry

Interview with Irish midfielder seeking to build on his first Dons goal

12 March 2019

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Shane McLoughlin is aiming to stick to the survival plan after losing his cool during the celebrations that followed his first Wimbledon goal!

The midfielder’s landmark career moment came in injury-time on Saturday, but he said that he almost forgot to celebrate it with his friends that had travelled across the Irish Sea to watch him.

Speaking to our iFollow channel, Shane said: “After I scored, I kind of forgot that they were there for a second! I was going off one way, but then I remembered! It was nice to be able to share it with them. I was joking around with them the night before and I said that if I did score I would go over and celebrate with them and take the yellow card! Thankfully, I didn’t get one!

“My uncle was at the game on Saturday, he’s been to quite a few games recently. I think it’s nice for him to have someone in the family playing here, that makes it extra special for him as he’s always been a Wimbledon fan.”

Despite three league wins out of the last five, Shane is fully aware that Wimbledon must keep the momentum going. Peterborough at home is up next tonight and Shane is hungry to build on his goal-scoring contribution from Saturday.

“Four goals during the rest of this season was the target and if I can get to that I will be pretty happy! As I said when I signed, I couldn’t wait to come here and start playing some games. Thankfully, I’ve had plenty of minutes recently and we’ve been on a bit of a run. We are doing a lot better. We just want to stay with the pack and not let them get away from us, we are trying to drag some more teams into it.

“You need people that have been though this and who know what it takes to get out of this. The experienced lads can help the younger boys feel more comfortable in this situation. I think it’s working at the moment. The manager has said that all the games are cup finals now, as we’ve got to look to win all these matches. There are always areas that you can improve upon, I hope the boys have taken in the information, and we can get going again tonight.

“After the Walsall and Rochdale games, there was that great feeling about it all. The fans really got behind us as well, so hopefully we can kick-start a revival. The support can really spur us on, it can act as a 12th man. All the energy and adrenaline kicks in, but it goes back and forth. We need to give them something to scream about and they have to stay with us. We have to try to get out of it together.”

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