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Will ready to battle on for the Dons at Morecambe

Robbo's update ahead of trip to Lancashire

10 September 2021

Mark Robinson said that Will Nightingale will wear a facial mask at Morecambe after suffering a broken nose in our midweek victory versus Portsmouth.

The in-form defender, who has scored two goals in the last two games, will be in the squad, but Dan Csoka (shoulder) and Paul Osew (ankle) are not yet ready.

Our Head Coach said: “Will did it during the game on Tuesday, but he carried on – that’s Will! He got his goal as well. It won’t be a problem as we are sorting out a mask for him.

“Dan is back now, so he’s training, but non contact for now. It’s nothing too bad with his shoulder, but we’ve just got to bring him on slowly. I would imagine he will be back doing contact work next week. Paul Osew should also be involved shortly.”

The Dons head into Saturday’s game having scored more goals than any other team in all four divisions with 18 in total. The goals have certainly been shared around – and Robbo said that’s because of a real focus to get the best out of everyone's attacking instincts after the departure of Joe Pigott.

“When we lost Joe I stated that we would have to share the goals around because you are not going to sign a 20-goal a season forward,” said Robbo. “You want that player to emerge, maybe Ollie will be that person or Aaron, but in terms of signing a player with that track record it was never going to happen, so the plan was that we needed to get goals from everywhere, and that’s starting to happen now. We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t bring someone in during the window, but sometimes when you know what you’re working with it gives you complete focus. We’ve worked with the lads on how we can make everyone more effective, so long may it continue.

“It’s exciting that we are getting a good feeling around the club. It’s important that we keep our feet on the ground and not get carried away by it all, but at the same time embrace the fact that people are interested in us. You’ve got to enjoy it, but make sure everyone doesn’t get above themselves, and we keep working harder to get to where we want to get to.”

Following promotion to League One last season in the end of season play-offs, Morecambe have started this campaign well under the guidance of new manager Stephen Robinson. They also have two former Dons in their squad with Shane McLoughlin and Shayon Harrison now at Morecambe.

Robbo added: “Morecambe are doing very well. They are really hardworking, but they also do things on the ball that make them a real threat. They have got some good players with good movement, particularly when they get into the final third. We will be aware of that, but fundamentally they are really hardworking, so we know that we’ve got our work cut out, but it’s another game we are looking forward to.

“It was very difficult with Shane because we were close. Shane is a good player, but there were various reasons why we didn’t renew the contract. I am absolutely chuffed for him that he’s doing well. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much of Shayon playing, but he’s a really great lad, and I’m just really pleased that they’ve found clubs and are doing well.”

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell’s full interview with Robbo ahead of Morecambe.

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