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Glyn proud to lead the Dons into Plough Lane return match

Manager’s update for Doncaster game

3 November 2020

Glyn Hodges is seeking a performance from his players tonight that will make the fans proud after all their tireless work to get the club back to Plough Lane.

Speaking after the squad's final training session before taking on Doncaster tonight, Glyn said: "We’ve had this day in the back of our minds for ages, but we had to get Saturday’s game out of the way first and we got a good point on the road.

"All I can say is that when you come here and you see what has been achieved you are proud of the supporters. We just have to make sure that we give them a performance to be proud of as well. We are lucky to play in a stadium like this and it’s all down to them. We understand all the hard work that has gone on and we can’t thank them enough.

“It means everything to me, it’s going to be emotional. We need to take the emotion out for the players though, we know it’s going to be a big night, but we just need to focus and enjoy the occasion. If the result is right, we can look back and savour it. This is going to be a great home, but we have to make share we share it and enjoy it together.

“On Saturday the players knew the importance of it to the fans and they know the importance of this match to our fans. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the fans, we appreciate everything they’ve done and we want to make sure that we grow together and take the club to another level."

Glyn put the squad through their paces at Plough Lane last night to get used to playing under the floodlights ahead of the game against a Doncaster side he rates as promotion contenders.

“The reason we came here was to play under the lights because it’s the first chance we had to do that, and it’s impressive. The condition of the pitch is magnificent and I don’t think the players could want any more.

"I am pleased with the away form, we’ve picked up nine away and four at home, so we need to improve upon our home form. We have to make sure that we pick up our fair share of points here. We were strong at Kingsmeadow last season and we want to be as strong here.

“Doncaster are a good outfit and last season was a benchmark as we went toe to toe with them in the FA Cup and we managed to beat them in the league. They are a top-six side, maybe even contenders for automatic promotion, so they are the benchmark of where we want to get to. They have had a great start to the season and for us to be within three points of them shows that we are not doing too badly."

Asked about the ankle injuries sustained by Jaakko Oksanen and Luke O'Neill, Glyn said: "The diagnosis isn’t great, but we are still waiting. They are more long term than short-term, we could be looking at six weeks, but I am awaiting clarification. They can still enjoy it and come down here and enjoy it. We are a tight group. Those in the team are very fortunate to play here, those who can’t quite get in are still important to us, as the staff are. We will stick together and see where that takes us.”

You can watch the full interview with Glyn at Plough Lane via the link below, to our official YouTube channel. 


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