Captain's call with Mansfield up next
Barry Fuller felt the circumstances of Saturday’s defeat at Exeter made it tough to take, but Wimbledon’s captain has urged his team-mates not to dwell on it.
There was a feeling among the squad and management that they were on the receiving end of a poor decision to award Exeter a vital penalty on Saturday, but Wimbledon must quickly put that behind them at Mansfield tomorrow night.
“We knew beforehand that it would be a tough game and a sending off after 25 minutes made it more difficult,” Fuller said. “It was difficult physically with 10 men. A lot of the boys were saying afterwards that it was not a penalty. It was hard to take, but we have another game on Tuesday so we cannot dwell on it.
“Mentally we were down afterwards because we got beat, but that is understandable. We cannot dwell on this too much with Mansfield up next. We have to get ourselves right for Tuesday now and focus on the next game, which we are looking forward to.”
Speaking during the interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Fuller believes his side showed plenty of character with one man less for 65 minutes.
“It was a great strike from Bayo early on, but it became hard against a side who pass the ball well,” added Fuller. “Even with 10 men we were unlucky when George Francomb hit the post. That could have changed the game as we would have been 2-0 up. We had to dig in after they scored three goals in 15 minutes. We pressed them at the end and got balls into the box, but it just wasn't to be. We needed something to fall for us, but it never happened and now we have to move onto Tuesday.”