We speak to Chris Draper, from the AFC Wimbledon audio fanzine ‘9yrspodcast‘ ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash at Ewood Park.
What do you make of your team’s transfer window so far?
“Our transfer window was a mixed bag, returnees Kwesi Appiah and Callum Kennedy were welcomed back and Cody McDonald, Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter were welcome additions, but the lack of an out and out target man was a worry and, as we get the first few games out of the way, it’s very apparent on the pitch that this is the missing piece – long balls get lost when you try to pick out 5’6″/5’8″ strikers!”
What do you think of Blackburn Rovers’ summer deals?
“Your transfers look pretty good..I’m actually quite jealous of the Bradley Dack capture (see above!) and Paul Caddis was the best of a bad bunch at Bury last year. Peter Whittingham was also a good bit of business so I’d be very surprised if you didn’t shoot straight back up”
Who is your team’s player to watch and why?
“Our newest youth team graduate Anthony Hartigan is a hell of a find and, if he plays, you’ll need to watch him. He’s already got two man of the match awards under his belt and he sprays passes around like he belongs in a higher division and, let’s be honest, probably will be before long. Also, newest recruit Harry Forrester has shown some impressive performances from the bench as he regains his fitness. We’re hoping he starts soon as he’s shaping up to be quality.”
How has the start of your season been?
“The first month and a half have been a busted flush, quite frankly. Second half performances against Scunthorpe and Doncaster aside – and a brief cameo in the EFL cup where we did alright – the performances have been lacklustre, dull and downright – un-Wimbledon.
The pace/hunger/application have been missing and the worst two performances, without question, have come against Blackpool (A) and Portsmouth (H). We have had Gillingham at home in midweek and, in fairness, it was A LOT better, with more shots in that one game than we’d managed in the previous games combined, but we still only drew! Against 10 men! And it was Gillingham. It’s going to be a loooooong [sic] season.”
How do you see your season going?
“The best description will be: Long.
Though we have a few first teamers to come back in, it doesn’t look good and we will need a marked improvement in performances – and soon – as the natives are already becoming restless. ”
What should we expect to see from AFC Wimbledon?
“Hopefully, you’ll see the Wimbledon of Tuesday night and not anything that preceded it….we may even have some of our players back who were GBH’d against Portsmouth (but we couldn’t possibly comment on that – just watch the highlights!) so it may be a more 1st team look by the time Saturday rolls around.”
How do you think the game will go?
“The game will probably be a bit of chess in the centre as we try to hold it to 0-0 at half time (we’re great at that) then attempt to play over the top and score. Flood the midfield, hopefully and attempt to score!! It ain’t gonna be pretty, I can tell you that”
What do you think the result will be?
“Pretty sure it’ll be a Home Win, low scoring. I hope ”
Thanks to Chris and the 9yrspodcast for taking time out to do this interview. You can find their Twitter at @9yrspodcast. Their podcast can be found there and it is great for any football fan so make sure you listen to it!
We featured on their podcast about the Rovers v AFC Wimbledon game, and this can be found here.
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