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Sticking together to stay up – and for a Plough Lane party in the future!

Alex Woodyard eager to keep Wimbledon in League One

24 March 2021

Interviews

Sticking together to stay up – and for a Plough Lane party in the future!

Alex Woodyard eager to keep Wimbledon in League One

24 March 2021

Alex Woodyard is determined to help the Dons to League One survival this season – and to party with our supporters when they finally get the chance to celebrate being back at Plough Lane.

The experienced midfielder, who played a key part in Lincoln’s rise through the leagues, is far from happy about being embroiled in a battle to beat the drop, but he says the players need to treat the challenge as a real positive. And the prospect of a proper Plough Lane celebration with the fans as a League One club – when the time is right – provides further motivation for Alex, whose father Colin grew up as a Dons supporter.

“I feel good and I’m ready for the challenge," said Alex. "In football you always want to be playing for something. Obviously, you don’t want to be down at the bottom end, you would rather be at the top end, but I think for these teams that are mid-table at the moment they are not playing for anything. At least we know what we need to do and we know what we have to do to get up the league. We are taking that as a positive: we are fighting, and we are ready for the challenge.

“This is massive for us. If we can just consolidate this season, stay in the league, and get the fans back, this club can really grow. For the fans, they go to work all week and their release on a Saturday is coming to watch their team. I really feel for them and I love to play in front of fans. I love that buzz and to give fans a performance. It has been tough, but it’s just about getting through the season, fighting as a team, and making sure we get over the line.

“If we can replicate performances like Saturday in the games to come we will be fine. Like Robbo has said, if the process is right the outcome will take care of itself. We just have to put those performances in and we will get the wins. As a club, we all have to stick together and get through this time. Hopefully, next season all the fans are back in and it will be a real party when they get to come back to Plough Lane.

“For here and now, we just have to concentrate on game after game and we have to concentrate on Northampton. We just have to get to those standards that the players set on Saturday. The Charlton staff said how well we played, saying we will be fine, so we have to take confidence from that.”

Our Head Coach Mark Robinson praised the performance of our midfield in the draw versus Charlton at the weekend, captain Alex at the heart of Wimbledon’s fightback. However, Alex was quick to praise the impact of George Dobson and Jaakko Oksanen, who decided to play for Wimbledon, rather than go away with Finland Under-21s.

“I’ve played against Dobbo a lot and I knew what sort of player we were bringing in. He’s a good player and he has definitely made us stronger as a team. He has helped us in the midfield area and I think on Saturday it was a really good performance from the midfield. Hopefully, we can carry that on.

“Jaakko wasn’t getting as much game-time and for him to stay and fight for us is a credit to him. Playing for your country is massive, but he obviously sees the importance of it, and fair play to him. He has an excellent attitude and it’s great because he stayed with us and had a really good game on Saturday. Now he can build upon that.

“First and foremost, I am happy with Robbo giving me the armband on some occasions. It’s something I’m used to as I’ve been captain before at previous clubs. It’s a massive honour to captain the club and I will never change, whether I’ve got the armband or not. It won’t change me, and I will just be myself.”

At the age of 27, Alex is one of our senior players, but he’s been learning plenty from Head Coach Mark Robinson and his staff.

“You could see straight away that Robbo had the potential to be a manager. It has been excellent and he has been a breath of fresh air as he has brought new and fresh ideas to the camp. The fans have seen an improvement on the pitch and it has been good for all of the players because we are learning every day. The other coaches to come in at first-team level have also been great.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are as you are always learning – I have definitely learned from Robbo since he came in. He has different ideas and different ways of playing. You’ve seen us playing out from the back and stuff like that, so I’m learning and all the lads are learning. It’s really good and all we have to do now is get the rewards for the good performances we are putting in.”

Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell's full video interview with Alex.


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