Keeper Kelle Roos honoured to have chance to help add to AFC Wimbledon’s tale of success

Kelle Roos feels ready to take the next step in AFC Wimbledon’s journey ahead of the biggest game in the Dons’ short history.

An upturn in form late on in the season mean that the Dons now have the chance for promotion to League One, just 14 years after their foundation in the ninth tier of English football.

And Wimbledon’s on-loan keeper Roos feels Monday’s League Two play-off final is a result of all the hard work the club was built upon.

“Everybody at the club here feels warmness from the club and the people who have put the work in behind the scenes,” Roos said.

“What we do this year is only building on what they have started and I think we all acknowledge as a group that we are very privileged to be a part of that.”

One of the key elements behind Wimbledon’s late-season form was their solid defence, having kept five clean sheets in their last six games.

And Roos believes tightening up their defence was a huge factor in them surging in to the playoffs.

“We knew there was a lack of clean sheets, we tried to make it more stable so we worked hard on the whole team defending properly,” said Roos.

“That was the last big improvement – I think that gave us a platform and some stability to work on.”

The Dutch keeper, on-loan from Derby County, has been in impressive form in the run-in and a big reason that the club now stand just a game away from promotion.

Despite only being at Kingsmeadow for three months, Roos has bought into the club’s atmosphere and understands the significance of Monday’s showdown with Plymouth Argyle.

Roos said: “Everybody knows what is happening at the club and how big it is so everybody wants to commit to the dirty work and work hard for each other.

“I’m excited, I think it’s something special to go [to Wembley] and I think you’ve got to enjoy it.

“I believe if you enjoy it you get your best game out of yourself, we must try to be relaxed and focussed at the same time.”

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