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McGuire reflects on important win

17 March 2015

Midfielder wants team to keep pushing on after positive result.

Midfielder Jamie McGuire was pleased with the character and resolve that our team showed as they responded to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Bury with a battling 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Our team looked set to pick up a point after George Francombe’s spot-kick cancelled out an opener by Lee Beevers, but Rakish Bingham stole the points in our favour with a strike in the 87th minute.

In his post-match interview, McGuire said: “[The result] is all that matters – three massive points. The result could have gone either way, but we’ve won and we move further from the relegation zone

“There was some great character from the lads to come back after they scored the penalty. 

“The subs made the difference. You saw Rakish (Bingham) when he scored that goal, the lads and the whole stadium was buzzing. It was a great three points and that’s all that matters.”

The 31-year-old admitted he was pleased to take part in tonight’s match, having not been in the starting line-up over the past couple of weeks.

“I got chosen to play in the game,” added the midfielder. “The gaffer put me back in today and I gave one hundred per cent for the team like all the other lads.”

McGuire had his hands full marking Dons’ star man, Adebayo Akinfenwa, for a portion of the match: “The gaffer just told me to stay in front of him and upset him a bit in terms of goal kicks and throw-ins.

“I can be a little pest and I think I got into his head,” he added. 

The Stags now move up to 16th place in the table after tonight’s positive result.

McGuire continued: “I think the gaffer said during the week that it isn’t about anyone else – it’s about us and the main thing is to get three points. 

The midfielder was pleased with the response his team showed after Saturday’s loss at home to Bury: “It was a massive response. You want a reaction and that’s what we did today.

“When we started the game, all we wanted was the three points 

“There was a bit of emotion. We played really well for 70 minutes, but had a spell where we had to dig in as a team.”

He added: “Fair play to the back four lads. They had to dig in and showed a lot of character. In the last 15 minutes we bombarded them and got our goal.”


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