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Captain says Dons must not dwell on defeat with Charlton up next

Long-serving defender intent on bouncing back after loss

23 October 2017

Barry Fuller expressed his frustration with Saturday’s defeat, but he said that the squad must not dwell on it with a big game against his former club Charlton Athletic coming up.

Speaking after the 1-0 loss against Plymouth, our captain said: “We are very disappointed and a little bit frustrated to finish a good week like that. They tried to sit back and counter-attack against us. They probably had two chances and scored one. We did not create too many clear-cut chances in the first 60 minutes and then their keeper pulled off some great saves. At this level, it shows sometimes, in that one chance is all they need. We got punished. It is hard to take and disappointing, because we wanted to end the week on a real high after the way we started it.

“We are all hurting, but we have to dust ourselves down, and roll our sleeves up for training this week. It is a derby (on Saturday) against a team doing well and they are a very good side. It will be a difficult one and I am sure if we can come away with something from there, we will be happy with that. We have a big game next, so we are not going to dwell on it (defeat to Plymouth). We need to get on the training pitch and work hard to put it right on Saturday.”

Barry, who passed the 200 mark in all competitions for AFC Wimbledon appearances recently, admitted that it felt like a missed opportunity on Saturday.

“We would have taken six points out of nine before the three games. We grinded out a 1-0 win in a nervy match at Northampton and then it was a really good performance against Rotherham. Then we came into Saturday’s match full of confidence and we felt that we could take all three points again. It is hard to take, but it’s a long season and we have a big match coming up.”

Tickets are available in advance for the Charlton game, at £3 cheaper than on the day, and they can be purchased from our online ticket shop.   

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