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Young Dons receive plaudits

16 January 2013

Neil Cox impressed with Chace and his team-mates

Chace Jacquart has received glowing praise from Wimbledon assistant boss Neil Cox for his impressive second-half cameo in last night’s Surrey Senior Cup win.

The 17-year-old may be small in stature, but Jacquart’s technical ability in midfield caught the eye after he entered the fray as a second-half substitute and he capped a fine performance with the final goal in a 4-1 win against Horley.

Khan Williams-Mitchell and Emmanuel Akiotu also stepped up for first-team duty and Neil Cox told Dons Player that the match provided an invaluable opportunity for the club's youngsters.

“It think it is good for Chace as he is a 17-year-old boy who came up and played for the first-team and never looked out of place," said Neil. "He created a goal and scored one and it is great for this football club that young boys are coming through from the academy and getting into the first-team squad.

“Chace is a tremendous little player and the more time he spends training with the first-team, the better he will become.”

Neil Cox added that last night’s victory was a very useful exercise with several first-teamers, including top goalscorer Byron Harrison, having edged closer to full fitness.

“We had four or five players who needed a game and they stepped up their fitness,” added Cox. “We have a lot of games coming up in January and we are trying to get players fit for that busy spell. Byron is back, but he is not quite at his sharpest as tonight showed, but he is working hard and will continue to do that in the next few days.

“The players not involved last night had a hard training session on Tuesday, Wednesday will be a bit of a down day and then we will work them hard on Thursday so that we are raring to go for Accrington.”

Dons Player subscribers can now view the full video interview with Neil Cox on our premium site and hear the thoughts of fit-again striker Byron Harrison later this afternoon.

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