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Match-winner Pigott points the way forward after vital victory

In-form striker praises his team-mates after clean sheet against Peterborough

20 January 2020

Joe Pigott believes that Wimbledon can start pulling away from the League One drop zone after showing plenty of fighting spirit to defeat Peterborough on Saturday.

The in-form striker, who fired home his fourth goal in five games to bag the winner, felt it was a significant victory for everyone connected with AFC Wimbledon.

“That game really summed up being a Dons fan: the way we stuck at it," said Pigott. "The last 10 minutes were hectic and we had to really grind it out. Like the gaffer has said, we need to start looking forward and above us. Who knows where that can take us? We just have to build momentum by winning games like Saturday and carry on building a run. We can prepare for Burton now and really look forward to it.

“It was a huge win for us, especially with how we defended in the last 10 minutes. It was backs-to-the-wall stuff, but it’s what we had to do, and we grinded it out thankfully. We showed massive fight, you could see us all crowding together at the end as we were all just so happy that we got over the line. I thought it was a brilliant debut from Mads, coming in against the best attack in the league. To play like that, I thought he was magnificent, and all three centre-backs were. That’s what ultimately won us the game.

“Looking at the other results, it was a huge win for us. With no game this week, the last thing you want to do is concede a late goal and have that hanging over your head until the next match.”

Pigott also talked in his interview about adapting to playing in attack with Mitch Pinnock after the injury to Marcus Forss that unfortunately resulted in the Brentford striker returning to his parent club.

“When I played with Marcus my role was slightly different," added Pigott. "I tried to bring him into the game as much as I could. It’s what goalscorers are like, you always hit patches of form, but you go on droughts, and that’s just the way the game is. Mitch is obviously a bit different so I’ve had to adapt to playing with him. I enjoyed Saturday and I enjoyed playing with Marcus. It was a shame that he got injured because he scored loads of vital goals for us, but moving forward we have to build relationships and get as many goals as we can.”

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