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PREVIEW | Ranger not taking place for granted despite good form

24 March 2017

Blues striker on the competition, Walsall goal and AFC Wimbledon...

Despite scoring his first Roots Hall goal last weekend and being in good form, Nile Ranger won’t be taking his starting spot for granted this weekend.

Blues travel to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday looking to overcome a Dons team that have only lost once at home since the end of October.

Ranger has scored three in four games including two in two but says the competition for places is keeping him on his toes. 

“It’s a bubbly group and I can see that everyone has a buzz about them,” he said.

“It gives the gaffer a headache when there are so many options but it’s a good headache to have everyone fit and hungry.

“Everyone in the squad will have a part to play, even from the bench, so it’s good.

"I feel like I put a shift in last weekend but at the end of the day it’s up to the gaffer to pick the team.”

Ranger was delighted to bag his first home goal and now hopes to add to his away tally of five goals so far this season against AFC Wimbledon.

The striker also believes that the belief will be stronger after coming from behind against Walsall.

“I was having nightmares about getting my first Roots Hall goal and I’ve finally got it so I’m happy and looking forward to the next game.

“We obviously went 2-0 down and had to get back into the game. 

“But I knew we would go on and win that game. I had that feeling.

“It’s given us more passion and hunger to go on for the rest of the season to show what we have and how good we are.

“But we needed that win.”

Despite not being threatened by relegation and nine points off the play-offs, Ranger isn't taking the opponents this weekend lightly.

“It’s a tricky game.

“I don’t want to be harsh and say they’ve got nothing to play for but they’re not as in contention as we are.

“These types of games are the tricky ones so we can’t go there and underestimate them at all.”

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