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“We are Wimbledon – we are used to having our backs against the wall”

Alex Woodyard on the challenge at Accrington

9 April 2021

Alex Woodyard is back in Wimbledon’s squad after suspension – and he’s prepared to battle all the way to retain the club’s League One status.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Accrington Stanley, Alex said: “It is a tough place to go, but we are Wimbledon, and we are used to having our backs against the wall. We know what Accrington can be like, we know a lot of teams can go there and be defeated before they even turn up, but that’s not us. It’s not in our make-up as players, or as a club. We are a club that fight with players that fight, and we are going to fight for those three points.

“It is small margins in football, and if we come on top of those margins we will start to win games. There are eight games to go, and there are some good teams to play against, but we start on Saturday and everyone has to push in that same direction.

“It has been a strange season, but we have to strive to stay in League One for the fans to be able to come back to Plough Lane with the club in League One. They have not been able to be at the stadium this season. For me, that’s what is driving me to get over the line, just to make sure that the fans are coming back to Plough Lane with us in League One.

“A lot of players in our squad have experienced rejection and been forced to drop down into non league, and we know that hurt in football. We don’t want to go through that again, so we are using that to get us over the line.”

On preparations for the match in Lancashire on Saturday, Alex added: “We had a good meeting. All the coaches brought us in for a long meeting, just analysing the two games over the Easter weekend. We are fully aware of what we need to improve upon, but I think if we had come away with the three points from Plymouth people would be saying that’s one of the best away performances from a Wimbledon team because it was that good.

“We are fully aware of what we need to do and we are really working on that. Robbo has talked a lot about giving ourselves an edge and that will be the difference between losing a game by a goal and winning. We are going to bring that out on Saturday, for sure, and bring the three points back before our next game at Plough Lane on Tuesday.”


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