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Johnnie: Macca injury not serious

Update provided on midfielder

24 July 2022

Johnnie Jackson was quick to calm any fears that Luke McCormick could be sidelined long-term following the player’s absence in our 0-0 draw versus Oxford United.

The Dons played out the final pre-season friendly on Saturday without the 23-year-old in our matchday squad, but the gaffer quickly clarified the situation surrounding the unavailability of 'Macca'.

“He picked up a knock in training on Thursday,” explained Johnnie. “It’s nothing serious. We just didn’t want to take any risks with it.”

As for the game itself, it was certainly an action-packed final friendly for Wimbledon fans to enjoy as two key moments typified the frantic nature of the second-half.

First, goalkeeper Nik Tzanev pulled off a stunning penalty save to deny Oxford’s Cameron Brannagan, before substitute Isaac Ogundere almost won the game at the depth as he saw his angled effort matched by the right glove of Jack Stevens.

All in all, it was certainly another much improved performance that pleased our manager and his staff ahead of next weekend.

“I was really pleased with the performance. It was an improvement both in and out of possession. We moved the ball really well at times. We played out through the thirds in the patterns that we’ve been working on. Out of possession we were equally as good. There was a really good shape about us – we limited a really good Oxford side to very few chances.

“When we needed our goalkeeper to come up with something, he did. Tans has stepped up and done really well. I’ve been really impressed with both of them (Tzanev and Nathan Broome). I have a really difficult decision to make come the first game against Gillingham. They both have good attributes and are both pushing each other. It’s good to have that competition – no one should ever feel that their shirt is safe.”

Another standout performer on Saturday was Jack Currie, as he put in a strong showing at left wing-back – which earnt special praise from Johnnie.

“Jack was excellent,” he said. “He looked the best he’s been so far in pre-season. Both attacking wise and defensively, he was very solid.”

Now attentions turn towards next weekend as the Dons prepare to kick-off the League Two campaign against Gillingham in front of what is likely to be a packed out crowd at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Naturally, the gaffer is chomping at the bit to get started.

“I can’t wait! We’ve had some good crowds at the friendlies but next week is when the real stuff starts. I’m looking forward to building up in the week towards that first home game.”

PICS: Ian Stephen & Lucy Dixon

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