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Wally: The players dug deep to stay in League One

Manager's interview after he guided the club to safety

4 May 2019

Wally Downes saluted the character shown by the squad after Wimbledon achieved survival against the odds.

Following a tense final-day at Bradford, a 0-0 draw was just enough to maintain the club’s League One status.

“They’ve dug deep, not just today, but the last three months gave them the opportunity to show the character that they did today," said Wally. "Everything they’ve done led to today and when they had to step-up they stepped up. It was great that we gave the amount of fans that came here today what they wanted and it was a very buoyant dressing room.

“They (Bradford) played possession football and we are comfortable with that because we like to soak it up and hit teams on the break. I was comfortable with the way we were playing. We knew coming over the halfway line that they liked to hit the channels. I was comfortable all game.”

A total of 1,867 travelling Dons cheered on the team to safety and Wally was delighted to reward them and the fans back home.

“The support was terrific, they’ve been behind us from the get-go. When we went to Shrewsbury the players paid for a couple of coaches for them. We had a couple of games when we had only 180 fans away from home and we won. When it’s intimate like that it means just as much as having 1,800 here. We had to do it for the fans here today. At home games when we haven’t been prolific, they’ve stuck with us and the last four or five games have been sell-outs, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Click on the link below for Wally’s full interview.


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