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Captain: system worked well

30 December 2013

But Bennett says the Dons must build on it

Captain Alan Bennett says that Wimbledon must learn how to kill teams off during the rest of this season after they let victory slip from their grasp against Plymouth yesterday.

Bennett returned from injury as one of three centre backs with full-backs Jim Fenlon and Callum Kennedy pushing on in a new system deployed by Neal Ardley. It was certainly a way of playing that earned the thumbs up from experienced defender Bennett, but he knows that Wimbledon must build on it with a tricky trip to Dagenham up next.

Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, the Irishman said: “It was something different that the manager wanted to do so that it would give us more opportunities going forward. It certainly worked for the first hour. We just need to believe in it now and the players have to take it on and go for a second or third goal. It is much better when we’re going forward and the first-half showed that. If we can do that for 70 or 80 minutes then we can beat some good teams in this league.

“I was a little bit disappointed that we did not push on when we scored. It was the type of mentality maybe when you are desperate for a win and take what you have rather than nailing the match. But it was a step forward and hopefully we can build on it at Dagenham.”

Wimbledon’s skipper certainly showed the battling qualities required by playing through the pain barrier after returning from an ankle injury, but he expects to be fine for Dagenham.

“I am a little bit sore, but you reach that point when you have to play through the pain,” Bennett added. “I will get the ice on it now and keep it elevated. Physically I felt fine, but I am just gutted that we did not get those three points.”

 Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Alan Bennett on our premium site.

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