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Paul’s upbeat message to the fans

Interview with young defender striving to help the team move forward

16 September 2019

Paul Kalambayi provided an honest assessment of Wimbledon’s second-half performance on Saturday and he’s eager to learn from the experience.

The Dons were pegged back by a Shrewsbury team that were transformed after the break and Paul admitted that Wimbledon must adjust better to changes in similar situations in the future. However, the young defender believes that results will turn soon if the squad continue to work hard.

“My message to the fans is to be patient because these results do affect the players too," said Paul. "We do feel your pain. Stick by us and it will come. I still believe the results will come. We are still together and we need that three points. If we get the first win we can go an amazing run and the clean sheets will start coming and more goals. The confidence of everyone will go up. We’ve been battling it out and we need to just make it click. I think it will come. It’s a tough game for us on Tuesday. We just have to learn from this. Prepare and forget about it and step on it again for Tuesday.

“We are a young team with young defenders. We need to start learning how to see out the games. We need to learn how to make changes within the game, according to how it’s going. I thought in the second-half we didn’t adapt to it, how they turned up their performance, and we should have adjusted to the changes that they made. We needed to react and communicate more with each other, tell each other what’s going on and be on the same wavelength.

 “We had a great first-half. We out-played them and we should have scored a few more. In the second-half they turned it up and we were on the back foot. It was not good enough because we conceded from one long ball, but on the other side of the coin we need to start scoring more goals. We are still undefeated in three home games, so it’s a step forward, but we need to start picking up wins.”

Take a look at Rob Cornell’s full interview with Paul below.


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