AFC Wimbledon looking to cement defence using concrete

Wimbledon are looking to recapture their early season form by building from the back, with Rod ‘concrete’ McDonald part of their efforts this season.

McDonald was a summer signing from Coventry City and he’s hoping to forge a strong partnership with Deji Oshilaja, the Wombles captain.

The pair face Bradford City this evening, hoping to get one over on their fellow strugglers.

“I like to get the ball down and play,” Rod told the Wombles official site. “I help build from the back with my team mates, but when you’ve got to defend you’ve got to defend. When we attack, I like to get the ball down and play.

He was also quick to praise his defensive partner, who has benefitted from being club captain.

“Giving Deji the captaincy has helped him. He’s become more of a leader as more things are getting put on him and he’s enjoying that role. Me and Deji are just starting to get a run of games together and we’re starting to learn each other’s game.”

The Liverpool-born defender spent time in the National League, before moves to Northampton and latterly the Sky Blues.

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McDonald is 26, but is still up and coming in many ways. League One is the highest level he’s played at, with just a handful of outings for Northampton after their promotion in 2016.

If he can keep a few clean sheets for his new employers, they might defy the critics who have them tipped for relegation yet again.

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