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Chris Powell's AFC Wimbledon preview

15 March 2019

Chris Powell says it’s only natural that confidence is lacking but is striving to overcome the hurdles that they face.

Blues are without a win in nine matches heading into Saturday’s visit of bottom of the league AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons, though, have won their previous two games, and Powell is hoping his side can kickstart a positive run of games similar to how Wally Downes’ side have picked up of late.

“There’s nine games to go now and we can’t dwell on Tuesday night,” he said. “You accept it because you have to, but you have to move on.

“Now what we have to do is look forward to the next game.

“We’re under no illusions what lies ahead so we need to get around one another. This is where you really support one another and then you go from there.

“Confidence is one thing that any sportsman or woman will tell you that sometimes things become very automatic when you’re confident.

“You don’t think or overthink anything. Those negative thoughts are not in your mind, but even something so simple as conceding the first goal after going ahead, a very unfortunate goal, you can tell a few players think here we go again, without even thinking well it’s 1-1 let’s get on with it.

“That’s the mind and that’s what happens, regardless of all the work you do on the training field and all the talking.

“Ultimately you have to try and stay in the positive, but confidence is lacking, of course it will.

“The Blackpool game where you’re a few seconds away from a real confidence booster and in the end it’s almost like it’s not [despite taking a point from the game].

“You understand there are hurdles to overcome and we have to overcome them.

“We have to draw on experience, knowledge and trying to make it as simple as we can for the players because if you overthink it then it becomes tougher.

“That’s where we have to support the group; myself, my staff and the supporters because they’re the only ones that can change it.”

Powell hinted at a change of routine leading up to the game to try and freshen things up but wasn’t drawn on the details of what that was.

“We’re doing something a little bit different on Friday and I’ve looked at that.

“I think a change of routine, a change of environment can help. Not always, because they’ve got to go out there and play, but little things do help.”


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