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Former Dons defender joins in the celebrations

Championship player Toby meets up with ex-team mates at Southend

14 October 2019

Toby Sibbick was a lucky charm for The Dons on Saturday and he can see his former team mates making further progress with Championship striker Marcus Forss on board.

Toby made the move to the league above when he joined Barnsley in July. Our former defender was back with Wimbledon on Saturday though, as he had time off for the international break and joined our WDON team. Watching on from the commentary box, he gave us his observations afterwards on our 4-1 victory at Southend and a first hat-trick from our Brentford loanee.  

“Marcus is strong, quick, and physical and he’s got a great finish,” said Toby. ”As a defender you can’t drop off him because he’ll just turn and put it in the top corner. Being a defender you have to be smart, find out his weaknesses early and play to his weaknesses and not his strengths.

“The boys looked like they were playing with confidence and that’s the main thing - just go out there and play with confidence, because if you do you can always pick up the three points. The boys were solid at the back as well and ‘Waggy’ had a great game!”

Wimbledon’s current right-back Scott Wagstaff earned deserved the plaudits, having slotted into the position for Luke O’Neill and taken on the captain’s arm band from Will Nightingale – both ruled out due to injuries.

“The finishing ability of Marcus is probably one of the best I’ve seen for a very long time,” said Scott. “Hopefully he can carry that on for us. He showed good work rate for us and with him and Pigs (Joe Pigott) up top, they were the ones that started the goal spree.

“I thought the boys were different class, we showed good character especially in the second-half when we were 2-1 up. We managed to pull away. I thought the boys were comfortable all game, apart from the goal that we conceded which let them back in a bit.

“The boys showed great character to come through and it was a great result for us. Hopefully we can carry that on into Saturday (at home to Portsmouth).”

Toby, who now lives in Leeds, enjoyed his media duties for the afternoon with The Dons, but as well as keeping an eye on our progress; his main concern is helping his new club Barnsley.

“For me it’s a different challenge,” said Toby.”Moving up there, by myself at the age of 20, is something I’ve never done before. I’m just adapting off the pitch as well as on it. It’s a new league, a tough league, but hopefully up there as well we can start picking up points and climbing up the table.”

Toby joined Scott for a post-match chat after our win at Roots Hall and you can see the interview below, via our official YouTube channel.

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