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Stuart Cash interview

5 August 2012

We must improve

Stuart Cash admitted that AFC Wimbledon's defensive performance was unacceptable against a West Ham XI.

The Dons were beaten 4-2 yesterday after leading 2-0 at half-time and Cash said his side must improve before the competitive opener against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup in nine days.

"We created six or seven good opportunities against a decent team in the first-half, but our goalkeeper also had to make three good saves," he said. "It was a very open game and was pleasing on the eye, but in the second-half we just collapsed and we cannot afford to defend like that again. There were too many defensive mistakes. Pre-season is all about learning from the mistakes you make in games and we have to improve on the performance that we gave today."

Stuart added that process will start in training on Monday as there are plenty of things to work on before the real action starts.

"The players had a bit of a dressing down afterwards," Stuart said. "We will look at it on the DVD and work on the things that we did wrong in training. It is not just the defence as defending starts from the front. It has been one of our worst pre-seasons in terms of results and we have to aim to improve against Portsmouth on Wednesday and take that into Stevenage."

Pim Balkestein (ankle), Louis Harris (hamstring), Curtis Osano (calf) and Luke Moore (hamstring) all picked up knocks yesterday, but none of the injuries are thought to be serious and all four could join in training this week.

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