Callum Kennedy has vowed to be an able understudy for Jon Meades – a man who has been something of a role model for him at AFC Wimbledon this season.
Meades is awaiting results of a scan on an ankle injury sustained in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Dagenham and must be considered a major doubt for Saturday’ playoff six-pointer at home to Leyton Orient.
But the world of football is such that one man’s injury is another’s opportunity.
And Kennedy, while admitting he is playing catch-up in left-back terms on the former Cardiff man, promised to make any transition needed as a result of his teammate’s misfortune as seamless as possible.
“There are parts of Jon’s game where in my eyes he has got the edge on me,” he said.
“I think in terms of physicality he is a bit stronger than me. He has been an unbelievable one-v-one defender all season, an integral part of things and doing really well.
“So, Jon’s are quite large shoes to fill bearing in mind how well he has done, but if you don’t back yourself then there is no point being here is there.
“If someone does get injured, you have to look to come in and hopefully the team does not feel any change in losing that man or can benefit from someone else coming on and doing their job well.”
The Wombles’ win in east London means they have a four-point cushion on the chasers for the last playoff spot and are also within a point of Portsmouth who visit Kingsmeadow next Tuesday.
Before that Kennedy and co must see off The Os’ another of their promotion rivals, and having earned the right to control their own destiny, the former Scunthorpe man says they must strive to keep it that way.
“It is up to us to control the controllable things and play to our best,” he added.
“We are in the driving seat and just have to continue doing what we are doing, which is winning.
“We are full of confidence and looking to go and make this a season to remember for ourselves and the fans.”