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Practice pays off for Macca with FA Cup treble

Luke McCormick hits the mark by playing a part in three goals

5 December 2021

Luke McCormick led the way back for Wimbledon yesterday with his assists - and he said that hard work on the training ground played a pivotal part.

Our attacking midfielder came tantalisingly close to a goal of the season contender in the FA Cup victory versus Cheltenham as his superb strike rattled the woodwork, but it led to Ollie Palmer's first.

“Coming in from the left and hitting it is something I practice in training, but I was just delighted to see the ball go in the back of the net, whoever scored," said Luke.

“We’ve built up a really good relationship in attack. Ollie has come back from injury and he’s looking fit and strong and Ayoub’s form has completely gone in the right direction in the last couple of games, which is lovely to see. I would have liked to have got a goal today, but three assists for the boys is obviously the second best thing."

After his treble of assists - Luke also set-up Assal's first - he thanked our supporters for their support on a cold December day and he would love to take on his former club Chelsea in the third round.

“It feels brilliant," added Luke. "My overriding emotion is that I’m pleased to get through, but we never make it easy for ourselves. Hopefully, the fans that came today enjoyed it. I know it’s getting cold and close to Christmas now, so we really appreciate everyone coming to watch us and hopefully we sent them home happy.

“Chelsea away would be lovely, but it doesn’t matter who we play as we will be trying to get through to the next round. Hopefully, it’s a big draw for the football club.”

Luke also praised Nik Tzanev for his vital saves near the end of yesterday's 4-3 win, and you can listen to Rob Cornell's interview with Luke by clicking on the link below. You can also watch all the goals by accessing the BBC Sport website.


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