Nesta Guinness-Walker is determined to help Wimbledon push up the table during 2021 after returning to our starting line-up in recent weeks.
The left-back has made 11 appearances so far this season, but the return of Steve Seddon to Birmingham City has given him more opportunities recently – and the midweek Papa John’s Trophy win has reinforced belief that the squad can turn the corner.
“All I can do is make sure I’m fit and try to keep on improving every day, so that when the gaffer gives me that opportunity I can apply myself and keep the shirt,” said Nesta. “Going into Saturday, hopefully I can do that, and the team can get a result against Sunderland.
“It’s a great achievement to get into the quarter-finals in any competition. That’s going to give us some confidence and hopefully momentum to take into Saturday, so that we can get a result.
“It’s about time we started getting a few wins. We’ve had a rough couple of weeks, but getting into the quarter-finals has definitely given us a boost of confidence. We are going to attack this full on, and hopefully we will get the result.”
Keeper Sam Walker made a good start with a clean sheet at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night and Nesta believes he is having a positive influence on the defence.
“It’s good having a voice behind us,” added Nesta. “Sam is experienced, he has been around the block, so it’s good to have him instructing us. I am a young player, so it’s good to have that experience helping you through games.”
The Dons are back at Plough Lane tomorrow (1.00 pm kick-off) and Nesta can’t wait until fans are permitted to watch the team again.
“With that first game at Plough Lane, the atmosphere wasn’t there because there was no crowd, but you could feel the buzz around the changing room and amongst the staff. I am delighted that we are back there and hopefully that will give us a boost for the second-half of the season. A message to the Wimbledon fans is that ‘we want you back’ and hopefully this will pass over and we can play in front of a packed crowd at Plough Lane.”
Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell’s full interview with Nesta.