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No excuses for young Dons

28 October 2013

Billy's display keeps the score down for Under-18s

pulled no punches with his assessment of Wimbledon’s defeat at Watford on Saturday.Mark RobinsonAcademy Manager

(pictured) to keep the score down with fine saves that meant Watford were only two-up, thanks to goals from Matt Hall and Ryan Hope.Billy BishopThe Under-18s were 2-0 down at half-time of their Football League Youth Alliance Cup match against Watford after a first-half that Mark described as “awful”. The Dons needed goalkeeper

both coming close to reducing the deficit. However, Alex Jakubiak finished off a swift Watford counter-attack 15 minutes from time and Wimbledon will need to recapture their early season form that almost saw them earn a point against the same side.Callum Overton and Callum WilsonIt was a much-improved Wimbledon performance after the break with

(14). They both did very well.Reece Williams-Bowers (15) and Ryan Ramsay“The first-half was beyond poor,” said Mark. “The lads have to realise that when they pull on a Wimbledon shirt there are certain things that are a given. These things are necessary if you are to have any chance of becoming a professional footballer in the modern game. The lads did show a good reaction in the second-half, but these things shouldn’t need to be said in the first place. We are a very young group and on a positive note I brought on

“However, talking about the ages of players, along with Watford’s quality and resources, are just excuses. I brought a side here last season who won in style. We simply have to punch above our weight in every aspect. We will do it, but it may just take a little longer than I had hoped.”

Wimbledon Under-18s failed to win a game in their cup group, but they have an opportunity to get back on track with a friendly match at Charlton Athletic tomorrow, before a home league match against Portsmouth on Saturday.

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