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Simon: hard work paid off

16 November 2013

Post-match reaction from first-team coach

said that Wimbledon’s hard work on the training pitch had paid off after today’s excellent victory against Portsmouth.Simon Bassey 

, Wimbledon’s first-team coach was delighted with a 4-0 win that he says owed a lot to his squad’s dedication and application in recent weeks.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“We have worked really hard in the last three weeks on the training ground,” said Simon. “We have put a lot of hours in on our shape and being resilient. I think we have seen that the team has been really committed since the Oxford game. Coventry was an excellent performance last week, even though we lost the game. Today we have seen the end result of all our hard work.

“It is a new team and now we have stopped conceding the first goal. I think that is massive at this level. When you concede the first goal you give yourself an uphill task. Today we scored first and in the middle of the second-half we stuck together. We dug in and came through that sticky spell when they were putting pressure on. We ended up getting some great goals and it has ended up being an emphatic win. Hopefully, there will now be consistency to come because I think that the squad is starting to gel together.”

at the back has made a big difference in recent weeks.Alan Bennett and added that having him in tandem with captain Andy FramptonSimon saluted two-goal hero

“Andy is a proper man and he is fantastic around the club,” Simon said. “He is a fantastic professional and if we can keep him and Alan fit then I think we have as good a centre-back pairing as there is in this league. It was no coincidence that when we had a sticky spell it was when we had injuries to those two.”

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