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Joe marks first start in style

18 January 2016

Joe Walsh has endured a difficult 2015/16 campaign so far but after his first home league start of the season on Saturday the defender was on top of the world.

Walsh, who had made just one Sky Bet Championship appearance before the clash with Reading at the weekend, scored a stunning 78th minute volley against the Royals to register his first goal for the Club and earn the Dons a vital three points.

“It’s been hard ever since I got here with injuries and it was tough being out for three months at the start of the season but scoring the winning goal and getting a clean sheet has made up for it,” Walsh told the media after Saturday’s game at stadiummk.

“It feels good to get a goal and a win. I always tend to get on the end of set-pieces but I’ve never scored a volley like that – they are normally headers.

“Hopefully now I can avoid injuries, stay in the team and keep playing football.”

He continued: “It’s a massive three points. All the boys are buzzing in the changing rooms – every point is important when you get to this stage of the season.”

“I had a good feeling after Tuesday that we’d be able to bounce back and I’m glad we did.”

“It was vital that we responded. It was a game for us to put things right and the gaffer was telling us all week to stay positive. The boys ground out the result and it was an important three points.

The 1-0 win came just days after the Dons suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season at home to Burnley and Walsh was pleased with the way in which the team bounced back from that disappointment.

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