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Defender believes experience will be a big factor at Accrington

Luke O'Neill on Wimbledon's away match up in Lancashire

31 January 2020

Luke O’Neill said it’s a big boost for Wimbledon to have experienced players back in the squad for an important match at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

At the age of 28, O’Neill had been the senior member in Wimbledon’s squad before the returns of Anthony Wordsworth and Scott Wagstaff, but now he’s pleased to be sharing the responsibility of guiding our young players.

O'Neill, who is pictured scoring in the corresponding fixture against Accrington, which ended in a 1-1 draw, said: “We have got Waggy and Woody back now, so we’ve got more experience. We’ve been training well, so we will be looking to go to Accrington and get a result.

“Against the bigger teams in the division we’ve always been in the games, but we maybe let ourselves down by conceding silly goals. We’ve learned from that. We’ve been playing good football and we just need to get as many points as we can.

“It’s brilliant to have Waggy back, he’s a good lad and he’s great to have back around the place, especially for the young boys. He always talks to them. We have a good partnership too and hopefully we can continue that. He’s quite vocal, I’d like to think that I am as well. Woody, Pigs, and Callum are quite vocal in the dressing room too, so that always helps. Joe (Day) is another experienced lad as well, he’s been welcomed in by the boys and he had a good game the other night. Hopefully, we can now kick on.

“We all want to chip in with goals, but Pigs has been brilliant recently. Since Mitch has gone up there he has been fantastic and he took his goal well the other night. Hopefully, he can continue that.”

O’Neill believes that Wimbledon can continue the momentum built up by recent results and he added that support from our travelling Dons can provide a real boost.

“I’m obviously pleased that we got a point out of the game on Tuesday, but we felt we deserved more. We just have to keep building on that. We had a good win before that against Peterborough, so we have to keep the positives going and take our form into Accrington this Saturday.

“Every supporter that comes along and gets behind us, it’s brilliant, and hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”

Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell's full interview with Luke O’Neill.

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