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Odubeko says togetherness means confidence is high heading into Wimbledon trip

24 February 2022

Mipo Odubeko says confidence is high in the Doncaster Rovers camp as they head into Saturday’s high stakes clash with AFC Wimbledon.

The striker impressed off the bench in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley with his hard running setting the tone as Rovers pushed for a vital three points.

Odubeko has enjoyed a taxing introduction to life at the Eco-Power Stadium since joining on loan from West Ham United in January and is hoping to help Rovers continue to cut the gap to safety this weekend.  

On celebrating with supporters after the win over Accrington:

“It was great in front of our home fans. Usually we get mad celebrations when we win away from home.

“Getting it at home it was even better.”

On boosting the chances of survival with the 2-0 triumph:

“When you look at the table, we’ve got every chance.

“We have picked up big results against top teams. Since I’ve been in we’ve played Sunderland, Plymouth and Ipswich. We’ve managed to pick up results from a hard run of games.”

“I feel like there’s a togetherness in the team and we feel the togetherness with players and staff. That always helps with the team morale.

“When we have the right morale, what we can do on the pitch is endless.”

On acclimatising to life in Sky Bet League One and with Rovers:

“It’s different but it’s what I’ve needed and it’s what I wanted.

“I came in and started four games in a row which was quite demanding. But I’m enjoying every minute of it, coming in every day and training.

“I’m happy with it all and just trying to take it all in.

“It’s a good platform for me to get the minutes I need and showcase what I can do.

“It’s a difficult situation we’re currently in but it’s enjoyable because we’re fighting for something.

“It will help me no matter what I go on to do in my career so I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

On striving for his first goal for Rovers:

“As a striker it’s normal to crave that first goal but within myself I’m not really thinking about it too much.

“My first thought is how I can help the team. If I can help the team even with just working or assisting, then great.

“Obviously if I can score as well, then happy days.

“The first one is coming. I can just imagine it and celebrating with the fans. I celebrate all our goals with the fans so celebrating one of my goals would be something special.”

On the mood in the camp heading into the trip to AFC Wimbledon:

“Everyone is very excited.

“It’s a winnable game. They’re not too far ahead of us in the table and we’re coming into it on the back of a very good win at home.

“If we can get two wins in a row then we can kick on and it’s happy days.

“They way I look at it, it’s just another game. We don’t change anything we want to do.

“We have the same goal for every single game and that is to win every single game and get as many points as we can.”


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