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Joe in sight of milestone with Wimbledon

Top scorer targets over 20 goals for this season

8 February 2021

Joe Pigott has put League One defenders on alert, as our top scorer is determined to set a new personal best and score over twenty goals this season.

“It’s got to be my target,” said Joe. “Hopefully we can keep creating chances and I can put them away. Also, that I can create some other goals for the team too."

Joe was speaking after his two goals at Wigan on Saturday secured our first league win for over two months, with his winner in the 3-2 victory coming from the penalty spot. It took his tally to 15 goals so far this season – just three short of equalling his best season in 2018/19, when Wimbledon beat the drop and achieved "The Great Escape" to stay up. 

“I feel there’s a lot I can improve on,” said Joe. “I’m fairly happy with the goals total, but maybe the knock I played with for a few weeks didn’t really help and it affected me a little bit. I feel good again now though and hopefully that’s showing.

“We’ve got some really good attacking players at this club. It’s just about building relationships and utilising them in the positions they’re best in. They’re all young as well – except for me! They were all exceptional for the first half hour - the first goal was a great bit of football. We probably should have been three-up after ‘Chis’ (Ethan Chislett) hit the bar, but ‘Robbo’ is letting the lads express themselves which is good."

Even though Mark Robinson took the responsibility of captaincy off Joe’s shoulders, the 27-year-old forward maintains a strong working relationship our Interim Manager.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with him over the past week, I think everyone has,” said Joe. “It showed in the performance against Wigan. I’ve had a great relationship with him, even before that, so it’s good to see him in the position he’s in and hopefully he can take us forward.

“We’ve had quite a few meetings; we’ve had a performance coach involved as well after we’ve been through a tough time. He’s just tried to do anything that can help. Thankfully, it worked out for us.

“In terms of confidence, it’s absolutely massive. Since I’ve been at this club, we either go on runs or we have serious slumps! It’s happened once a season since I’ve been here and it’s obviously unfortunate, but that’s just how things have happened. I don’t really know why, but we need to get out of that.

“Hopefully we can build on the result at Wigan and with the attacking football we showed it looks really promising.”

You can see the full interview with Joe Pigott below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.

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