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Marsh grasps his opportunity

Midfielder aims to build on hard earned plaudits from Robbo

16 January 2022

George Marsh feels he’s got much more in the tank, after impressing in our midfield engine room against Morecambe.

“I feel like there’s a lot more to come from me,” said George. “The more minutes I play, the better I’ll become. I thought I did well, and it was nice to get an opportunity to start a game. I think the performance against Morecambe is a good stepping stone to help us put a run together. The clean sheet was brilliant for us and hopefully we can maintain that.”

The former Spurs youngster came into the starting line-up for Anthony Hartigan, ruled out due to stomach pains. It was George’s thirteenth appearance in Wimbledon colours, mainly due to the form of Anthony and the Dons captain Alex Woodyard, but his efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Head Coach Mark Robinson with a visit from Portsmouth next up at home on Tuesday night.

“I’ve been training hard every day,” said George. “When the opportunity came, I felt that I stepped up for this game. I enjoyed playing alongside Woody, but whether it’s Woody or Ant we train together and there’s a good relationship there. Obviously, Woody is very experienced, so he helped me through the game as well.”

Saturday’s point against Morecambe ended a run of three defeats in all competitions for us. Although there are still more improvements to come, George agreed with Robbo that things are heading in the right direction again, after Ayoub Assal went closest to breaking the deadlock for us in the second half.

“He’s definitely got goals coming,” said George. “He’s creating a lot of chances and soon he’ll be putting them away.

“It was an amazing atmosphere as always and it definitely helps us out on the pitch. Ben (Heneghan) and Will (Nightingale) were brilliant at keeping Cole Stockton away from the goal and getting him on to his weaker foot.”

George had a good opportunity himself in the second half to get off the mark, that had visiting keeper Trevor Carson scrambling to cover close to the goal post.  

“We lacked a bit of cutting edge, but hopefully that’ll come in the weeks ahead,” said George. “I felt at times that maybe we could have got the ball down more and played, but we needed to be strong from back to front and I felt that we were. In the second half, we had that spell for half an hour where we were on top and created a few more chances.”

Pic credit: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

You can see the full interview with George Marsh below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.  

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