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Macca: Your support can make a massive difference

Influential midfielder is up for the challenge

26 January 2022

Luke McCormick has called on everyone to stick together in the pursuit of vital League One points.

The Dons matched play-off chasers Ipswich for long spells last night, before conceding two second-half goals, but there's no time to dwell on it. A hectic spell of fixtures awaits, starting with a home game against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves,” said Luke. “We’ve got to look at the detail, for me, and we’ve got to go again because it’s a relentless league. We’ve got a lot of games coming up, and we’ve all got to stick together. The pleasing thing was the character that we showed in some tough moments.

“The goals we conceded are something we need to look at, but the fans responded to the message on a cold Tuesday night in January. Our situation is not ideal, but they sung their hearts out, and we heard it in full force. We thank them and we just hope that they stick by us and really cheer us on because it makes a massive difference.”

The 23-year-old, who switched to a central midfield role on Tuesday night, added that everyone has to stand up and be counted after losing the experienced pair of Alex Woodyard (injured) and Ollie Palmer. 

“It’s just moments for me, obviously they got the two goals, and we will look at them again on Thursday,” said Luke. “We will hold our hands up, if need be, go over it all, and look to improve for the next two home games. We have two winnable games coming up and the table could look very different, so hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and start a little run.

“I thought we were resilient and we looked good on the counter-attack. I felt our shape behind the ball was good. We were a little bit passive at times, but we have a lot of young players.

"We’ve lost a couple of big characters, but I felt that we did stand up and be counted, especially in the first-half. In the second-half I felt we improved a little bit on the ball and created a few more chances, which we’ve got to take – me included. That’s something we’ve got to look back on and we can’t be knee-jerk. We’ve got to be as positive as we can, and go again."

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell’s full interview with Luke.

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