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Joe targets more clean sheets after fine start to loan spell

Goalkeeper praises team-mates, fans, and staff for making him feel welcome

9 March 2020

Joe Day is thriving on the new challenge provided by his loan switch to Wimbledon and he’s determined to secure more clean sheets during the rest of this season.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers – his third shut-out since joining us in January from Cardiff City – Joe said: “I feel that I’ve settled in well. It took one or two games to shake the rustiness off, but I feel that I’m now performing at the level I want to be at and helping the club to achieve what it wants to achieve. It’s a fantastic group to slot into, there are some really good lads here, and the staff are great as well. I’m really enjoying my time at this club. Hopefully, we can keep pushing forward.

“I’m really enjoying the game-time. The fans have been fantastic with me, the staff since I walked in have been great and very welcoming, so I thank them for that. Hopefully, I can keep repaying that with a few more clean sheets and good results.

“It was another clean sheet, which is obviously pleasing. That’s three since I’ve been here now and we are building up a bit of a relationship as a back five, so hopefully we can continue that moving forward. I thought Terell was excellent and from my point of view there’s definitely an understanding. I feel that there’s a trust building now with the defenders. I feel they trust that I’m going to deal with things behind them. It’s only going to get better as we move on, so hopefully we get a few more clean sheets before the end of the season.”

Despite focusing on the positives, Joe added that the squad were disappointed with the outcome on Saturday after failing to build on the impressive victory at Gillingham.

“There’s a feeling that it was a missed opportunity in terms of seeking the win that we wanted, but we’ve got to take the positives as it’s a clean sheet and a point.

“The win was the target. It was a strange game, there wasn’t much quality. It was a busy February with a few tough games recently and I think we were a bit sluggish, but we have to move on.

"They (Bolton) had a game plan and they were difficult to break down, but no excuses as we lacked a bit of quality and ultimately that’s why we didn’t get the win.

“I think we have to look at why we weren’t at it 100 per cent. It’s not through lack of effort as everyone is giving everything, but why the quality wasn’t there I don’t know. We have look at it and learn, and take it into next weekend.”

Take a look below at Rob Cornell's full interview with Joe.

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