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Worner earns special praise

18 January 2014

Dons boss delighted with his number one

Neal Ardley saluted Dons goalkeeper Ross Worner after today’s admirable clean sheet at League 2 leaders Scunthorpe United.

Worner was again in top form at Glanford Park as he made a string of fine saves to earn his second shut-out in three games and the Wimbledon manager was full of praise for his contribution.

“I watched Ross in training on Thursday and he produced as good a training performance as I’ve seen from a goalkeeper in a long time,” said Neal. “He was outstanding and he replicated that today. We knew he would come on in leaps and bounds as the season wore on. We are chuffed with him, but the lads in front of him put in a shift too and limited them to just a few chances.

“What is a massive thing is that is that we have a full-time goalkeeper coach (Ashley Bayes), who can provide that one-on-one coaching. Last season we did not have that. Ross has a coach to help him on a match day and that has brought him on a lot.”

Centre-back Andy Frampton was stretchered off in the first-half after suffering a shoulder injury and Neal fears it could keep him out for some time.

“The opening signs are that Andy has dislocated his shoulder,” said Neal. “He managed to put it back in, which is very painful. It’s too early to say, but normally it could be six to eight weeks out and that would be a massive blow because he’s been immense this season.”

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