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  • By Alessandro Schiavone at Plough Lane

AFC boss Robbo: I will do whatever it takes to keep hold of Pigott

Mark Robinson Picture: Alessandro Schiavone

EXCLUSIVE By Alessandro Schiavone

Wimbledon manager Mark Robinson insisted that striker Joe Pigott will stay at the club next season amid interest from several Championship sides.

The 27-year old former Charlton Athletic academy graduate has taken League One by storm this season, netting 18 times and contributing five assists as he reached the 50 goals milestone with the Dons after Saturday's 4-1 thumping of Swindon Town.

His rich vein of goal-scoring form continued last night after converting his penalty against promotion hopefuls Oxford United at Plough Lane as the Dons ran out 2-1 winners and took a huge step towards League One safety after four consecutive wins.

When asked whether his coveted striker will still be a Wimbledon player come next season, Robinson said: “I would say so. All I can say is, I certainly will be doing everything I possibly can to make him wanna do that.”

Wimbledon have overseen a dramatic upturn in their fortunes since Robinson was appointed full-time manager two months ago with the Dons having lost merely five times since.

Robinson takes huge pride in the way he transformed the club and believes every single player has come a long way under his stewardship.

He said: “I think they all have improved. That's what I take pride in, I come from a development background where I developed players and I honestly believe you're never too old to keep getting better, so I could list them all.

Will Nightingale has been outstanding, Luke O’Neil has been outstanding, Alex Woodyard has been outstanding.

“I think there isn't a player out there that isn’t performing better and for me as a coach that is something you’re really proud of.

Wimbledon are on a roll and have taken a remarkable 23 points from 48 under Robinson. But where would the high-flying Dons be had he been in charge from the start of the season?

He said: “I am just happy I am here now and I think it's disrespectful to think about what’s gone on before. You know, I am really fortunate that the previous two managers have put me in this position where I got this opportunity.

“So I'm just really glad that I got this opportunity now and hopefully together as a group we can show what we are capable of.”


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