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Omar committed to boosting his tally

Match-winner’s thoughts on international recognition

4 October 2023

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Omar committed to boosting his tally

Match-winner’s thoughts on international recognition

4 October 2023

Omar Bugiel prioritised adding to his first league goal for us, but has a message for the new coach of his national side.

The match-winner at Harrogate, with a well-taken sixth minute strike, is ready to answer the call of his country Lebanon - if newly-appointed Nikola Jurcevic requires him.

“If that’s going to be a conversation to have with the new manager then I’m more than happy to have that chat with him and be involved,” said Omar. “But right now I’m a Wimbledon player and I want to keep going.

“It’s been a while since it was spoken about, but I just want to play well, making sure I contribute to the games. If you look at the table right now that seems to be the case. I just want to keep playing and be happy.”

Having scored our equaliser when we knocked Coventry City out of the Carabao Cup in August, Omar was delighted to add to his tally as we moved into second place in the table, thanks to his stunning strike.

“James Tilley flicked the ball on with his head - which rarely happens,” said Omar. “I managed to get it down and drive towards the box to get a shot off. I was in the right position to shoot and I just went for it with the outside of my boot and it went in - bottom corner.

“We actually worked on it in training the other day. It went in a few times and has done again here. I’ve got it in me. I’ve just got to shoot more and back myself. I’m happy to be the one who scored and get those three points for the lads, but it’s not just about me. It’s defensively as well - we kept a clean sheet to get over the line.”

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Unbeaten on the road this season, that record will be tested on Saturday when we visit seventh place Mansfield, who are yet to experience a defeat in League Two this season.

“We’re going to enjoy the moment, but come Thursday we go again,” added Omar. “We’ll prepare properly.

“We just want to keep going. That’s three in a row, but for me, personally, I don’t look into it too much - it’s just a game of football. The next one is Mansfield and that’s what we’ve got to be ready for next. We want to be tough to beat away from home.

“The supporters - travelling that far on a Tuesday night - you could hear the voices. I’m enjoying it! We’re in this together, but we’ve only played 11 games and there's a long way to go yet.”

Photos: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images).


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