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Reaction to Oxford defeat

3 October 2012

Interview with Simon

Simon Bassey admitted that he could take no consolation from Wimbledon’s spirited performance in defeat at Oxford United last night.

Speaking to Dons Player, our caretaker manager said: “We have given a good account of ourselves again, but we have not done well enough in both boxes. We were not brave enough in terms of our mentality and physicality to make our chances count. I am disappointed and I have said to the boys afterwards that they are a young group, but they have to learn quickly. We cannot keep going around the country, playing well and dominating games, but getting nothing. How we have not got four points from the last two games is beyond me, but we have ended up with no points. The players were left in no uncertain terms that everyone’s future is up in the air, including my own. If there is a new manager watching us then letting in five goals in two games is not good enough. No one stays too long if you keep losing football matches. Three points from three games is not good enough. As the person in charge of this group at the moment I have to take the things that come with that.”

Simon refused to point to our lengthy injury list as an excuse for two defeats on the bounce since he engineered a victory at Wycombe in his first game in temporary charge.

“I am not one to make excuses by looking at the injury list,” he added. “We have a young team, but they are full of running and they give their all. I am not one to hide behind injuries and stuff. We had seven players out through injuries and suspensions, but we won at Wycombe. The side that we put out against Accrington and tonight was good enough to pick up points, but we have not done that. There were loads of pluses tonight, but that does not get you points. Jim Fenlon has had another great game and George Francomb played well. Yado Mambo came in and coped well, along with Charlie Strutton and Huw Johnson as substitutes. It is a learning curve for them. We should not be near the bottom of the league though with the performances that we have given lately.”

The full video interview with Simon can be viewed on Dons Player.

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