The Dons earn QPR win
An impressive friendly victory for our Under-18s
AFC Wimbledon’s youngsters bounced back to form in style yesterday with an excellent friendly victory against QPR Under-18s at our New Malden training complex.
Coming after our Under-18s suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Portsmouth last weekend, it was the performance and response that Academy Manager Mark Robinson (pictured) had demanded as the Dons ran out 4-1 winners.
Our new management team of Neal Ardley and Neil Cox managed to watch the second-half after finishing first-team duties at the training ground as Wimbledon showed how much they have progressed against a QPR set-up boasting much bigger resources.
A double from Emmanuel Akokhia, along with strikes from Oluyesi Daley and Harlan Basker, helped Wimbledon secure a morale-boosting victory.
Speaking to Dons Player, Mark Robinson, said: “It was a great win for us and I am really pleased. QPR won our league last year and they have a category one academy set-up with a lot of good facilities. Their Academy Manager Steve Gallen told me that they have 20 full-time staff. When we played them yesterday, 80 per cent of our players played in our Sunday League set-up before we became an Academy. We were fantastic yesterday and we thoroughly deserved the 4-1 victory, but we want this performance to become the benchmark for us.”
Visit Dons Player later to view the full video interview with Mark Robinson.