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Four assists and counting for rejuvenated defender

Lay-off fails to deter Luke from helping Dons hit the target

11 November 2019

Luke O’Neill has said he’s eager to make up for lost time, having added two more vital assists on his return from injury.

“I’m happy to keep chipping away and help the team as much as I can,” said Luke, after teeing-up Joe Pigott’s opener for Wimbledon in Saturday’s FA Cup draw against Doncaster.

“It’s been frustrating. It was about four weeks I was out for, so I was just itching to be back out there. I’m pleased to help the boys.”

The attack-minded right-back has shown our supporters what a shrewd signing he’s proven to have been, since his summer arrival from Gillingham. Despite suffering a calf injury, which ruled him out for a month, Luke returned to the side as a substitute to set-up Kwesi Appiah’s last-gasp equaliser against Lincoln.

Luke’s right-sided colleague Scott Wagstaff stepped into the position during his month-long lay-off. While he praised his team-mate’s efforts, Luke remains confident in his own form which has seen him contribute two goals and four assists, so far, during this campaign.

“Waggy is a good lad and he’s done terrific at wing-back,” said Luke. “To be fair, they’ve always known that I can play right of the three. It’s probably more natural to me because I like going on to the ball and joining up play. It probably suits me a little bit more.

“The gaffer has come in and we’re playing a good standard of football. We’re trying to pass it around, because we’ve got some good players. We’ve still got a few boys to come back into the team and it will be good when they return as well.”

To see Luke’s key moments so far in a Wimbledon shirt take a look at the video below, via the link to our official You Tube channel.

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