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Anthony: We are still fighting to stay up

Dons midfielder interviewed after draw at Shrewsbury

4 March 2019

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Anthony Wordsworth saluted the 440 travelling Dons for their support at Shrewsbury on Saturday and he said that the players will be giving everything during the last 11 games of 2018/19.

A point in Shropshire was not enough to reduce the gap to the teams above in League One, but our midfielder felt the performance showed that the squad are still battling for the cause.

“We are still fighting, we are giving everything we’ve got, and it’s far from over,” said Anthony. It was brilliant support that we had, you could hear the fans right the way throughout the game. They might think it doesn’t make much of a difference, but it really does. They can be our 12th man and they’ve been brilliant recently, supporting us at places like Rochdale and Walsall. They have definitely helped us to get results. Just keep supporting us, keep going, because the support really does help, especially when they are loud.”

Anthony’s midfield play has caught the eye in recent times, including his fine goal at Rochdale, but he said that doing his bit for the team was the main priority on Saturday.

“It was a horrible game to be honest. It was wet, windy, and not on the best pitch, but we defended set pieces really well and it’s something to build on,” added Anthony. “Shrewsbury were a physical side with a few units up front and they were quite a handful, but we dealt with their threat quite well. The longer the game went on, I was hoping we could nick one and we had a good chance when Joe Pigott tried to roll it through for Michael. If we had come away with a win we would have been over the moon, but overall I was pleased with the performance.

“It was a game when you had to hold your position, put your foot in, and break play up. It was a horrible game really, but sometimes you have to put the team before yourself. Winning the second balls was important, just winning battles in there, and giving the strikers something to chase. You just want to keep the ball as far away from your own goal as possible. We know that in different type of games we can get the ball down and play football, but this game wasn’t the type to do that in.”

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