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Callum: Let’s have a strong finish to the season

Experienced midfielder eager to build on vital win

2 March 2020

Callum Reilly was quick to target more vital victories in March after his last-gasp goal secured a precious victory at his old club Gillingham.

The win was Wimbledon’s first since 18 January and Callum wants it to become a habit during an important month that includes home games against Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers.

Speaking after the 2-1 win on Saturday, Callum said: “To a man, we were fantastic. Every single one of us put our bodies on the line, whether that was in an attacking or defensive sense. We thoroughly deserved the win and for us now it’s all about whether we can carry that momentum into the next few games coming up in March. Let’s have a strong finish to the season.

“The backing that we had was thoroughly impressive. With the cold weather and the rain, a few of the fans might have felt like it was going to be a tough day for us, and the fact that they (Gillingham) were 15 unbeaten. It was a result, hopefully, that the fans were proud of. I’m delighted, but it’s a case now of carrying it on and we need to make getting three points more of a habit.”

Callum felt that having a fit-again Kwesi Appiah alongside Joe Pigott up front has made a big difference for Wimbledon.

“Kwesi was brilliant and he takes a lot of credit for the performance," added Callum. "He handles the centre halves well himself, taking a lot of pressure off Pigs, so that he doesn’t have to worry about doing too much of that side of things. Pigs can concentrate on what he’s brilliant at, which is putting the ball in the back of the net. Kwesi can obviously do that himself, which he showed at Rotherham. They have both got that ability to score goals, so for us as a team it gives us that belief that if we can stay in the game we have two strikers who can score for us. They can obviously keep the ball up the pitch for us as well.

“Emotions aside, it was just a big win for the boys. We are not looking too much at what everyone else is doing, but we were disappointed that we had not been able to get a win recently. We went into half-time feeling relatively confident and we had a lot of belief in what we could do in the second-half. We had to be prepared for them to come out and attack us. They were attacking the end with their home fans, which a few of us knew, but we actually started the second-half better than them. We got a good foothold into the game again. We knew that they could change shape, and they did that, but it was a case of us continuing with what we had been doing, and to concentrate, because I thought we were fantastic.

“Even when it went to 1-1, we knew that they had gone down to 10 men, so we were still pretty confident, I just had a feeling that within ourselves we would get another chance and get another goal. It was just a case of me following the ball in, I thought that Adam Roscrow was a bit unlucky and he might have got his first goal. He did really well when he came on, he was a bit unlucky not to get that goal today. It didn’t matter who it was and fortunately we got one in the back of the net and got the three points.”

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