Callum Reilly took no consolation from pushing League One leaders Hull City all the way last night – and he’s determined to start converting encouraging performances into points.
Speaking after the 1-0 away defeat, the experienced midfielder offered a forthright perspective on the outcome, as he aims to help take Wimbledon forward.
“We’ve got a team with people willing to put their hands up and take responsibility for things and lads willing to share their opinions with the group,” said Callum. “I think that’s part and parcel of the best teams. It’s a case of no one taking it personally because we want to move forward as a group and we want to be a team that’s looking forward, not over our shoulders. That’s a positive attitude to have in the group, and it’s something we can build on, but it’s important that we show that on the pitch to the fans and most importantly to ourselves. Hopefully, we can take that on board moving towards Saturday.
“The boys were brilliant for 45 minutes before the goal was conceded and in the second-half we were pushing – we gave a really good account of ourselves against a team that’s going to be right up there this season. As a team, we believe in ourselves, and that’s why we are so disappointed when it comes to not winning the game, or coming away from this stadium with a point.”
A visit to Burton Albion comes up next on Saturday – and Callum is relishing the prospect of playing a lot of games in a short space of time.
“They (Hull) are aiming to go straight back up to the Championship, but we didn’t fear that at all, and we tried to take the game to them,” added Callum. “We feel like we came very close, but that’s not something we are going to brag about because we didn’t get anything. We are disappointed and we are going to take on board what we’ve learned and move forward onto Saturday’s game away at Burton.
“Having a game in three or four days is something we desperately need, and then we go into a fixture list that’s quite congested. For this squad, everyone is going to get their chance, and we need to step-up and put that into practice on matchdays.”
You can listen to Callum’s full interview with Rob Cornell by clicking on the link. Highlights from the game are also below. Pic credit: Malcolm Bryce, Pro Sports Images.