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Wally urges young squad to ‘embrace’ the occasion

Team news from the manager ahead of away match

6 September 2019

Wally Downes will have almost a full squad to choose from for our away game on Saturday with new signings all in contention to be involved.

AFC Wimbledon will be without Nathan Trott due to his England Under-21 call-up, but loan signings Ryan Delaney, Marcus Forss, and Max Sanders are all vying to make their debuts at Milton Keynes Dons.

“They are all in contention, definitely,” said Wally. “They have trained well and they all have different attributes, so they may all play a part at some stage. We put them through a running session before the Brighton game, so that was a bit of a shock to the system to just come straight in and do a physical, but they got on with it well. They enjoyed yesterday’s session and they all showed different attributes that they’ve got in different periods of time.

“Everybody is fit and raring to go. We just have Rod McDonald and young Archie out. We are spoilt for choice at the moment. Trotts is away for a period now, but he will be back soon, and as long as Nik (Tzanev) steps in and does well when he’s required, then all power to him. He’s definitely my goalkeeper for the future and the more experience we can get into him the better.”

Of course, Wimbledon faced Saturday’s opponents just last month in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw at the end of normal time. Wally has urged his players to rise to the occasion in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras on Saturday.

“It was good to get a look at how they play and have a bit of video evidence of it, but we had a different side out, we were trying one or two different things, and our shape will be different when we play them on Saturday.

“It’s a given week in and week out that we are very competitive. We have a never say die attitude. This (match) carries a lot more weight, it’s live on Sky, and these are the sort of games that a young and competitive team like ours should be really embracing. It’s a chance to play in front of the nation, to enjoy the atmosphere and, whatever the result, we come away from it feeling in a positive mood and having learned something from the game.

“It’s going to be a good place to go and get the three points. We look to get three points every time we play. We’ve been competitive and unfortunate not to do it this season, but going forward it’s a great opportunity for us to go and put all the good bits of our performances together and come away with a win. There’s nothing better than a clean sheet and a win.”

You can take a look at the full video interview with Wally below.


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