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“It’s still all to play for”

New striker optimistic about play-off possibility

6 March 2024


“It’s still all to play for”

New striker optimistic about play-off possibility

6 March 2024

Our push for an end of season promotion play-off place remains a possibility - that’s the belief of our new striker Josh Kelly.

The forward earned the appreciation of our fans for his efforts up top against a dogged and determined Grimsby, in only his eighth appearance for the Dons since his deadline day move from Solihull Moors last month. 

“It’s another point in the right direction and we just need to keep ticking along,” said Josh. “We’ve 10 games left and it’s still all to play for. 

“We need to get a few more wins on the board and limit the losses, if any, and just get into that spot for the play-offs.”

You can listen to everything Josh had to say below. 

Josh recognised our work at the other end of the pitch, as we registered a 13th clean sheet of the campaign. 

“They had one chance in the first half which came off the crossbar,” said Josh. “Other than that, I don’t think Alex Bass had much to do. Credit to the defence for back-to-back clean sheets, but we just needed to get one in at the other end. 

“It was a bit of a scrappy game. There weren’t many chances either way, but I thought we had the best of it. We stuck to the gameplan and had a few half chances, but it didn’t drop for us. We tried to nick it, but nothing came of it in the end.” 


Josh wasn’t too phased by the loss of Omar Bugiel just before kick-off, due to concerns of a possible groin injury, but he recognised the difference his fellow front man can make to the side.

“There wasn’t much to change, but he is a massive threat and a big part of this team,” said Josh. “It was difficult not having him around, as it was a precautionary measure with the rest of the season in mind. We stuck to it though, but unfortunately didn’t get a goal. 

“We work on that understanding up front in training as a team. When one player is missing, we try to get others to fill in and get something going.”


Our supporters have been impressed with what they’ve seen from Josh so far, as he continues his own personal quest for a first goal in Wimbledon colours. He’s already netted 14 times this season for his previous club, up until the end of January.

Josh said: “I just need to keep sticking at it and hopefully the next goal will come soon. 

“I can’t change anything else really, in terms of how I go about things. Obviously, it’s a bit of a drought, but it’s just one of those things. If I start worrying about it or thinking about it, it’s just going to make matters worse.

“I’ve really enjoyed my brief time here so far, although it was a bit hectic at the start what with getting used to it all, but after the first week or so it was all good. 


“Saturday’s victory was probably one of the best moments of my career so far. It was a great atmosphere at Plough Lane and a great game, especially for everyone involved in the Club. We did well tonight to not fall away after that massive high, we stuck to it and stayed on track.” 

Josh now has his sights set on Saturday’s trip to Meadow Lane to face Notts County, who’ve dropped down to 14th since we beat them 4-2 in November.

“Hopefully Omar is back in for that one,” said Josh. “I’m not too sure about his situation, but we need to regroup ahead of the weekend. 

“I’m doing the best I can. I’ll give all I can for the team, wherever I play. Hopefully we put in a good performance and come away from there with the three points.” 

Photos: Ian Stephen and Stephen Flynn (Pro Sports Images).

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