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Alan: we must learn from it

6 October 2013

Wimbledon captain fronts up after loss

admitted that Wimbledon’s players deserved a rollicking from manager Neal Ardley after yesterday’s defeat at the hands of Northampton Town.Alan Bennett 

, the Wimbledon captain says his side must learn the lessons of a tough afternoon against Adie Boothroyd’s men.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“The manager had every right to have a go at us and we have to take it on the chin,” Alan said. “We produced almost a perfect away performance at Cheltenham last week, but today was not good enough and the manager came in and told us that in very clear words. We have to take that on board. It is a tough one to take and they came here and did a good job on us. It was a soft goal that we conceded from a set-piece though for the first one. We have conceded a few from set-pieces and that is a habit that needs to be cut out.

“In the second-half we were pushing forward and we got caught with a sucker-punch. But the gaffer told us on Friday that this could happen. He told us that Northampton could get something from a set-piece and they would then sit there and try and counter on us. We have to start taking the manager’s messages onto the pitch. There has to come a time when we start learning and change our mentality.”

 In his interview for Dons Player, the experienced centre-back also spoke about what Wimbledon can do to put things right on the training pitch during the week. To listen to Alan’s reaction and Neal Ardley’s verdict, visit our premium site. 

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