Dark Dons defeat motivates Blues

Sonny Bradley after the defeat to AFC Wimbledon in December. Picture: Joe Pepler
Sonny Bradley after the defeat to AFC Wimbledon in December. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke celebrates his goal at MK Dons. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Sonny Bradley geared up for AFC Wimbledon and admitted: We owe them one.

The Pompey defender knows his team have to right the 4-0 mauling at the hands of the Dons in December tomorrow.

The thrashing at Kingsmeadow was the biggest defeat of the season for the Blues.

Bradley admitted he and his team-mates are gunning to put that bleak occasion right at Fratton Park tomorrow.

‘We owe them one, so that could be interesting,’ said Bradley.

‘We’re capable. We need to go out there and show that.’

Pompey go into the Dons clash on a run of a single defeat in their past six games.

That came at Fratton Park against Torquay at the start of the month.

It was the seventh loss of the season on home soil for Richie Barker’s men.

Only Wycombe have lost more home games this season in the league.

Bradley has little doubt playing in front of gates which have averaged above 15,000 this season brings its own pressures.

But he feels it is up to his team-mates to rise to the occasion.

And the 22-year-old is fed up of hearing excuses for why their form has not been what it should this season.

Bradley said: ‘Playing at home brings a lot of pressure, there’s no doubt about it.

‘You can’t have excuses, though.

‘It’s not going to happen if we use them.

‘We have to deal with it, use it to our benefit and the home form has to pick up.

‘We should be settled now and that isn’t an excuse.

‘That moment passed about 20 games ago, if I’m honest.

‘But we have to stay together and make it click.’

Bradley made his return to the fray against Exeter City last weekend after three games on the bench.

But he was called upon after a first-half injury to Joe Devera.

That paved the way for a strong showing alongside Blues skipper Ben Chorley.

The former Hull man couldn’t be faulted for the late equaliser, as Thery Racon failed to track Liam Sercombe’s run into the box.

Bradley was pleased enough with a performance which earned plaudits from manager Barker.

And he is hoping that display keeps him in the team.

He said: ‘I didn’t think I could do much for the goal.

‘I thought I came in and didn’t do a lot wrong, so I was happy with how I got on.’