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Wright - Blues need to 'dig in and stick together' to get result at Dons

Midfielder discusses MK Dons, penalty taking and more

21 November 2017

Josh Wright says everyone is raring to go for tonight’s clash away at MK Dons.

Wright believes the game against the Dons is just what is needed following Saturday’s setback at Portsmouth.

He told southendunited.co.uk that the squad is determined to put things right against Robbie Neilson’s side.

“The best thing in football is when you have another game coming up very quickly [after a defeat], as we do tonight.

“It was disappointing to go to Portsmouth and not get anything on Saturday and we’re all feeling it, but we have to lift ourselves, dig in, stick together and go and get a positive result.

“We knew it was going to be a big week and Portsmouth was the first of the three games. Now we’ve left ourselves with a bit more to do and we need to dig in.

“We’ll go in with a positive attitude with a good mindset to go and get a positive result.”

One of the main talking points from the weekend was penalty takers, after Nile Ranger missed one to put Blues in front at Fratton Park.

And Wright said he will be putting his name forward next time one comes along.

“I want to take them,” he added. “I would like to take the next one.

“Things have been said before and since Saturday, but Theo [Robinson] had the ball at first and obviously Ranger’s got the ball off him and I’m not one for causing a bit of a situation on the pitch because there is a lot of pressure when you’re taking a penalty.

“In my first game for the club, Ranger took a penalty and scored it so in fairness to him, he deserved to take it.

“Obviously Coxy missed his last one and if it’s the right thing or not, he’s let someone else take it.

“Ranger stepped up and he did miss, so I’m putting my name forward for the next one. 

“I would like to take it, but when it comes, we’ll obviously have to wait and see who is on the pitch at the time and we’ll go from there. 

“But of course I would like to take a penalty, I feel confident in taking them.”

Wright has faced MK Dons already this season, which happened to be his last outing for Gillingham back in August.

“They’ve always been a side over the years that like to play and they were similar to that when I played them earlier on in the season,” said Wright.

“But like any side in this division, they’re there for the taking.

“It’s going to be who turns up, who puts in the graft.

“We’re ready to go and want to kick-off now because of what happened on Saturday. We’re chomping at the bit to get out there and put things right, because we know if we can get a positive result tomorrow night, that puts us into a home game on Saturday where we’ve been good.

“We’re up for it, we’re ready and it’s going to be up to us to go there with a gameplay and mindset to get the right result.” 


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