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Connal says lessons must be learned with a big week ahead

'Mixed emotions' for on-loan goalkeeper after another clean sheet

28 October 2020

Connal Trueman is excited by the challenges ahead with a new era at Plough Lane coming up, but he said that the squad must learn from a difficult night against Blackpool.

The Dons host Doncaster in the first match at our new stadium on Tuesday 3 November, starting a new chapter in AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable story.

Connal said: “I think I speak for everyone when I say how excited we are to get in there. We’ve trained there a couple of times now and it’s looking really good, so we are just excited to get some matches played at the new stadium.

“We are getting there defensively. You can feel every game that it’s building and growing. That’s obviously a positive and the clean sheets will help that. Hopefully the injury to Luke is not too bad, but Paul slotted in there really well. He’s done this many a time before, he’s a good defender, and he did really well when he came on.

“It was a massive goal from Callum. When he cuts in on his left foot he has a hell of a strike on him, so I’m sure he will be wanting to add more goals this season. He’s definitely capable of it.”

Last night’s victory came against a Blackpool side reduced to nine men in the second-half and Connal added that his side made life difficult for themselves, something they must avoid in the future.

“I think it’s mixed emotions really,” said Connal. “It’s a positive to get the result, and a clean sheet, but we didn’t perform to the levels that we know we are capable of, especially in the second-half when we made things difficult for ourselves. There are still things that we need to learn from and improve upon. It was a clean sheet and a win, so we will take that and move on.

“In the second-half we gave the ball away too much and we created our own issues. We invited pressure onto ourselves, so we’ve got to look at that, and address that going forward. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“Firstly, we have a massive game on Saturday (versus Milton Keynes) and we know how important it is to the football club, so we will be giving everything to make sure we get a result.”

Click on the link below for Rob Cornell's full interview with Connal.

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