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Calm Head on Young Shoulders: Kelman On The Spot at Dons

18-year-old delighted with contribution at Wimbledon

2 January 2020

Charlie Kelman’s penalty got Southend United’s year off to decent start in a 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon on New Year’s Day.

The scorer of Blues' goal in their only league win so far this season at MK Dons came off the bench to rescue a point at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday.

And he said there was a lot of pressure stepping up in the first minute of stoppage time to claim a point.

He spoke to the press following the game.

On the pressure he felt taking the penalty…

"A lot. I had to be confident. JD [Jason Demetriou] wasn’t on the pitch so I picked up the ball and there was a lot riding on it so I had to put it home.

"I was just glad to put the ball in the back of the net.”

On the game itself…

"We had a couple of shots in the second half that were deflected or the keeper saved. They were putting their bodies on the line.

"One day the luck will switch and we just have to make it the next game.

"We have to keep pushing to get three points and then go from there.”

On his return from injury…

"It’s been tough being out and watching the lads carry on getting the same results. They’ve been putting the work in, in training, but it’s just good to be back and have an effect on the game.”

"I’m getting there, I wouldn’t say I’m there yet but they’re dripping me in and letting me find my feet again.

"Hopefully I’ve put myself in contention for a start and hopefully I can push on from here.

"I’ve had a good week of training, I’ve played a couple of games and I feel much more confident and comfortable when I’m playing.”

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