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Trafford: Win Double Has Added To The Belief

Young keeper couldn't be happier as Wanderers aim to build on positive response

25 February 2022

James Trafford is hoping to make it another hat-trick of wins after helping Wanderers get their play-off push back on track.

Wanderers go to high-flying MK Dons on Saturday aiming to make it three in a row for the second time since Trafford joined the club in January.

Ian Evatt’s men make the trip to Stadium MK just five points outside the top six.

And Trafford says the response to defeat in their last away game at Burton Albion means the Whites will again travel with optimism.

“When we got beaten away at Burton it wasn’t like it was the end of the world and our goals were ruined,” said the on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper, whose only loss in a Wanderers’ shirt came in the 3-1 defeat to the Brewers.

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“We were going to lose at some point because we’re not the ‘Invincibles’.

“We’re going to have dips in form. We’re going to have a mad seven minutes (at Burton) or whatever it was.

“We’ll just stick to our process. We knew we had to win the two home games and we went out and won them under pressure and it just gives us more belief and more confidence to keep playing our way and go for results.”

After beating AFC Wimbledon 4-0 last weekend, Wanderers had to dig even deeper to overcome Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

Trafford made one vital save early in the game to prevent City taking the lead.

And the 19-year-old believes he has continued to grow in stature almost by the game since kicking off his Whites’ career with a history-making four successive clean sheets.

“In better teams where you win more it’s normally that you face less shots. But the saves you make are at big times,” added Trafford, whose arrival from City has coincided with a season-turning run of eight wins in 10 games.

“When I’m called upon I try and do my job the best I can and I am just here to help the team.

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“I feel like I’m a lot better even in those first four games when I kept four clean sheets in a row. I’ve kept one in six since but I feel I contribute more to the team now and play a bigger part.

“I’m loving life. All the staff and the lads have shown such belief in me that it’s hard not to be.

“And when you’re loving life, performances and results come with it.

“I’ve played a role in it (the unbeaten run). But so have Aaron, Dion, Sads, Demps – all the new lads who have come in have played a massive part in it.

“To gel as quickly as we have in the short period – especially when we’ve barely trained because we’ve played a lot of games – is just testament to the staff and everybody.

“There’s such a good feeling and good mood about the place.  We’re confident but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“Obviously we want to get in the play-offs but we’re not thinking about it too much.

“We’re just taking it a day at a time. We’re just enjoying ourselves.”

Watch 'Traff's' pre-match interview HERE


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