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Ben: It's still alive going to Fleetwood

Six points and good fortune required says our giant defender

19 April 2022

Ben Heneghan knows it may also take divine intervention, but the towering centre-back remains determined to do all he can to keep us in League One.

“Two games left, let's be honest, we have to get six points,” said Ben after Wimbledon were denied victory by Bayo Akinfenwa ten minutes from time against Wycombe. “Hopefully, the footballing gods are looking down on us and do us a favour.

“A point is better than none, but it is frustrating. We’ve just got to believe. Going to Fleetwood, it’s still alive and we’ve got to go and get the three points.

“I knew Mark and Eddie for a brief spell when I was at Stoke City. I saw them around the building and trained with them a few times. They are good guys. They’ve come in and put the detail in, the hard work and the training. Everyone can see the structure is a little bit tighter, minus the Crewe game. I feel like we have done okay.

“It’s just getting that win and having that bit of luck on our side, which we haven’t had, but I just want to get that winning feeling. All the lads do too, but for whatever reason it’s not come yet. We’ve just got to make sure it comes at Fleetwood.”

We took the lead through Jack Rudoni’s tenth goal of the season, which we held at the break, before Gareth Ainsworth’s side came up with the equaliser shortly before the 90 minutes were up.

“It’s very good for Rudi,” said Ben. “I’m buzzing for him to get to double figures as a midfielder, but we’ve needed someone else to be on double figures. We’ve not had that this season, which is frustrating really for the team. We are relying on other sources to score, which isn’t ideal, but we’ve just got to believe.

“We worked on our shape. We knew what Wycombe were going to bring. They’ve done that ever since I’ve played against them – they’re direct and they come for the 95 minutes. The big man has got one in on the back post, but we’ve never really had that luck. There have been a number of times we’ve been attacking, a player has gone down, and the referee has stopped the game.

“On this occasion, Woody went down in agony on the floor and play continued, but unfortunately, we can’t rely on that. It’s not ideal when your skipper goes down and it’s the old cliché that he’s not the type of player to stay down. It’s frustrating, but there were a few situations when we could have done better.”

You can see the full interview with Ben Heneghan below, via the video link to our official YouTube channel.

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