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”It’s a crazy feeling!”

Post-match with Ronan and catch up with a Dons hero

28 January 2024

Interviews

”It’s a crazy feeling!”

Post-match with Ronan and catch up with a Dons hero

28 January 2024

Eleven months of injury frustration faded into the background as new signing Ronan Curtis wheeled away in celebration having netted our last gasp, injury-time winner.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Ronan following our 2-1 victory over Mansfield at a jubilant Cherry Red Records Stadium. “To get the winner is a crazy feeling! 

“No one else can tell you, unless they’ve played in a game like that. To score the winner with pretty much the last kick of the game is amazing, but I’m just glad we got the three points. 

You can see the full interview with Ronan below.

“It was just about getting in the box and being there at the right time. Ryan McLean cut it back and I was there to tap it in. 

“Ryan impacted it well and the gaffer made the right call with the substitutions. He took players down the line, took a few men on and got a few players booked in the process. He did really well when he came on. 

“The atmosphere was amazing, and the fans drove us on that extra ten per-cent when we needed it. Just stick with us no matter what, be there for the players and we’ll give it absolutely everything.” 

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The road to recovery from an ACL injury has been helped by those around him, most recently his new teammates at Wimbledon - since the Republic of Ireland international winger started training with us, before he earned a deal. 

“There’s a great spirit here,” added Ronan. “I’ve been here now for a while - I think it’s eight weeks. All the lads have really welcomed me and helped me settle in nicely. 

“I knew a few of them. I know physio Bobby Bacic from Portsmouth and also Joe Lewis, Lee Brown and Armani Little of the players. 

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Ronan is hoping our opening goal scorer Omar Bugiel can recover in time for our Bristol Street Motors Trophy quarter-final at Peterborough on Tuesday evening, as the Lebanese international forward had to come off before the second half. 

Ronan said: “I think he hurt his quad, but I’m not too sure. He went down early in the game, but to be fair to him he did really well for the goal. He shifted the ball and banged it into the back of the net. I hope he’s okay for midweek as that’s another big game that we’ve got. 

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“It would be lovely to go to Wembley as I’ve played there three times. If I get there with Wimbledon that’ll be my fourth. A lot of players don’t get there once in their career, but I’ve managed luckily enough to play there a few times.

“It’s a great day out, but the next step is on Tuesday night if we want to progress.” 

Former Wimbledon defender Steve Hatter was at Saturday’s game. 

Steve, who helped us to the Fourth Division title in 1983, joined our Radio WDON team for full commentary of the match. Before kick-off, he described what it felt like to return to the Dons after forty years.

If you missed the interview there’s another chance to view it below.

 

Photos:  Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).


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