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Harry warns teammates after dramatic victory

Midfielder grateful to our fans for staying patient

30 October 2022

Interviews

Harry warns teammates after dramatic victory

Midfielder grateful to our fans for staying patient

30 October 2022

Harry Pell kept his feet firmly on the ground following our dramatic turnaround against Harrogate and he had something to say to his teammates afterwards.

“We need to get better at the basics,” said Harry as the Dons fought back in the closing stages to win 3-2 and claim all three points, having slipped behind 2-1 to the visitors.

“The second half was nowhere near good enough. I must say thank you to the fans, because it could have been quite easy for them to turn on us. It was a real difficult moment; it was quiet around the stadium and the boys responded.

“I think if we want to have any aspirations this season, then I feel we need to get better at the basics. At half-time we’d had a positive chat about wanting to keep doing what we’re doing and then we’ve come out and conceded a sloppy goal like that.

“We need to believe that we’re a good team, because there is a good team in that dressing room. It’s been frustrating because we’ve had injuries and suspensions and they haven’t helped. We’re a young team and it’s probably a bit of a transitional period for the club."

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“The fans got behind us and we showed character, but you can’t get too high with the highs and too low with the lows, but that’s a real solid week. We put a big emphasis on ticking the week off with those seven points out of nine. I think the fans can see it’s not a lack of effort, probably a bit of naivety here and there, but it’s a good day for the club and we move forward.”

Harry, who took on the captain’s arm band again for the closing stages after Alex Woodyard was substituted, also had words of encouragement for Courtney Senior, who levelled the scores, and match-winner Josh Davison.

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“Josh is a pleasure to play with,” said Harry. “He’s a really good player and I just said to him in the changing room that if he’s not getting the opportunities, then that’s the time to worry. He’s going to score goals for us.

“Courtney has been a little frustrated, I think. I was with him before at Colchester and I know the individual quality that he’s got. He’s had to bide his time and I’m really happy that he is off the mark with his first goal for the club.”

There’s work to do though, ahead of another busy week for the Dons, with a real focal point in analysis being how we let slip a one goal lead in the early stages of the second half.

“I don’t think the gaffer will turn a blind eye to that!” said Harry. “That needs to be addressed. I think they tried to turn that into a horrible League Two game. Loads of teams are going to do that, especially here at Plough Lane with the surroundings and the number of fans we get. Teams are going to come here and try to frustrate us, and we need to stay in games and bring out our quality as a team.”

Pictures: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

You can see the full interview with midfielder Harry Pell below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.  


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