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Jake steps up recovery

9 March 2015

Defender comes through 90 minutes

Jake Goodman came through 90 minutes unscathed for the development team today and strengthened his claims for a first-team return.

Goodman, who has been out for almost two months after fracturing his toe, played the whole game in a 3-0 defeat at Peterborough that ended a fine recent run for Alan Reeves’ side. Ross Worner was also given game-time in goal after being back on the bench for the first-team recently.

Alan Reeves said: “Jake won his tackles and headers, which you expect from him. He was a little bit rusty, which you would expect because he has been out for a while. Ross played well and made some great saves. He helped keep the score line down in the second-half.”

Harry Anderson struck a double and Harry Beautyman was also on target for Peterborough as the hosts proved too strong after the break.

The Dons conceded the first just before half-time in this Final Third Development League match after Dan Gallagher had an effort ruled out for offside. David Fitzpatrick also came very close to netting, but it was not to be for Wimbledon on the day and Alan conceded that it was a rare off day for his side.

“I said to the players afterwards that it’s the first time I have been disappointed with them this season,” said Alan. “The work-rate has been there all season and I have not had to ask them for that. Today, it was lacking a bit from us as a group. They are young lads and they will learn from it.

“A lot of teams in this league have been making it a priority for first-team players to get run outs, but it is a development league and we have been focusing on playing youngsters.”

AFC Wimbledon: Ross Worner, Callum Wilson, Jake Goodman, Ryan Sweeney, Ben Harrison, Egli Kaja, Dan Gallagher, Christian Toonga (Billy Frost), David Fitzpatrick, Chace Jacquart, Dan Agyei.

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