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Cherries: Molesley grateful for fans' reception
Published : 08 Mar 2011 07:00:00
MARK Molesley has revealed there were uncertain times during his painstaking fitness bid that plunged him into the last-chance saloon. The popular midfielder put behind him almost 17 months of injury heartache by coming off the bench in the 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Comeback man Molesley received a warm reception from the Dean Court faithful, who had not seen him in first-team action since he featured against Grimsby Town on October 24, 2009. Persistent problems with his left foot kept Molesley on the sidelines and prevented him from building on his impressive start to Cherries' promotion campaign last term. The fit-again Londoner is determined to make up for lost time after admitting it had been a long road back. Discussing his return, Molesley told the Echo: I had a bit of a down time in the game for a while and to come back to that ovation was very special. There have been a lot of twists and turns in my comeback and, at some stages, it looked like I might never get that chance to come back on the pitch. Various surgeons said if things didn't work out, then that would be it. A couple of times it didn't work out and it was literally last-chance saloon. There were a few hairy moments. Molesley is keen to get in on the action as Lee Bradbury's side continue their pursuit of promotion to the Championship. The former non-league star has a battle on his hands to force his way into Cherries' in-form team, but he is keen to get involved during the run-in. He said: I thought I had quite a good start last season. I played 10 league games and we won nine of them. I thought football was finally starting to come good for me and then the rug got pulled from under my feet. I'm hoping I can recreate that but at the end of the season and try to get involved in some of the glory. I've got confidence in myself and I definitely feel I can bring something to the team. Molesley was last month handed a new Dean Court contract, tying him to the club until 2013. He added: That little bit of pressure has been taken off me and I can start concentrating on and enjoying the football without that added bit of pressure. Hopefully, that will help my performances.