Tyler Garratt on Dons’ trophy win, importance of the FA Cup and why spirits are better in the camp


On-loan Wimbledon defender Tyler Garratt says Tuesday’s EFL Trophy win over Stevenage, and Friday’s FA Cup tie at Haringey Borough, could finally provide the spark to fire the Dons’ underwhelming league campaign.

“If we can pick up a few wins in a row, then who knows where it can take us,” said the Doncaster Rovers full-back, who is on a season-long loan at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. “We’re going to go [to Haringey] and try and win. We want to be in the next round of the cup.”

The defender was speaking after claiming his first goal for the Dons, in Tuesday’s 4-0 win at home to League Two Stevenage.

“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet and win the game,” said the 22-year-old afterwards. “We can only take the positives, it’s been difficult for the last month or so. To get out there and win, no matter what team is put out, or whoever it’s against, it’s nice to get a win for the fans and for ourselves.”

Victory in midweek was the first in eight matches for the Dons, a run of seven straight defeats plunging Neal Ardley’s side into the League One relegation zone, but Garratt insisted heads have not dropped.

“It’s been tough but everyone’s stuck together,” he said. “We’re all in it together, it’s not about individuals. Spirits are going to be a lot higher than they have been. To score four goals is nice, we know we can score plenty of goals and with us getting a clean sheet as well, we can take that into the next game.”

Garratt was one of the beneficiaries as Ardley changed his entire 11 from the team which lost to Shrewsbury at the weekend, but the left-back said personal ambitions must take a backseat for now, with the club in the position it is in.

“Everyone would love to be in the shirt,” he said. “But at the moment it’s definitely about getting the wins, getting the momentum and going further.”

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