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Zach earns praise for his progress after league debut

Breakthrough moment for rising striker at Oxford

28 December 2020

Eighteen-year-old Zach Robinson came on as a late substitute to make his league debut at Oxford United and Terell Thomas believes the young forward has a bright future.

Since signing his first pro deal, Zach scored in the Papa John’s Trophy in September, but injury problems interrupted his season. However, the Dons academy product gained his first taste of league football on Saturday and Terell reckons he has all the right attributes to make further progress.

"It was only at the end that we realised and we said congratulations to Zach on getting his debut,” said Terell. “Since I’ve been here I have seen him develop. He’s been on a couple of loans and I heard that he did well. In training you can see that he’s a good player: he’s strong and once he gets his body in the way of the ball there are not many players I can think of who will be getting it back! Zach holds the ball up, he has good feet, and he has done really well.”

Wimbledon’s next match is at home to League One leaders Lincoln City on Saturday and Terell added that work on the training pitch will be of real benefit after a hectic spell of fixtures during the latter part of November and December.

“It’s a week when we can really go through some things because going from game to game you find yourself in a routine of recovery days, light sessions, and then a game the next day. With a game every three days it’s hard to find the time to really work on something that you need to, whether that’s working on scoring from corners, or defending your own box. It’s good to get that full week to really get together and know what we are going to do going into the game next Saturday.

"There is a lot of potential out there. If you look at the game (on Saturday) there was some real quality play out there and it’s about knowing that we are all good players, but we need to concentrate on doing the right things over and over again. It’s a young squad, but regardless of that if you are 20 or 21 you have to mature quickly and do the things you know you are good at.”

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