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Dean: set plays are key

16 January 2017

Midfielder interviewed after Oxford win

Dean Parrett delivered yet another assist from a set-piece in Saturday’s impressive win against Oxford United and he said afterwards that dedication on the training pitch had paid off.

 The midfielder, whose brilliant first-half strike was credited as an own goal to Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood, set-up what turned out to be the winner as AFC Wimbledon utilised a weapon that has been particularly potent all season.

Speaking during a post-match interview for Dons Player after the win against Oxford, Dean said: “Set plays are one of our strong points. We work hard on set-pieces and we are pretty successful from them. It was brilliant for Sean (to get the goal). He had an injury, but he has come back into the team and done really well. It’s well deserved for Sean and everyone is happy for him.

“We were a little bit gutted to concede the goal, but we showed character to come back and equalise not long afterwards. Then we scored from a set-piece, which we work on. We had chances that we did not take, but I am just happy with the three points.”

Dean added that taking maximum points on Saturday sets up the squad well for tomorrow night’s cup replay against Sutton.

“The main thing was getting the job done,” added Dean. “Obviously, you think about the FA Cup and stuff like that, but we had to put that aside on Saturday. Now we can get back into training and really focus on it. I am sure we can put in a similar performance.

“All the way through the team we were brilliant. When you miss those chances it can take the momentum away from you, but we did really well to stay composed around the box and keep creating opportunities. We did well picking up second balls and it was a really good team performance. I know we had not beaten Oxford before this season so to do it twice is massive for the fans and for us.”

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