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Jayden strikes and Osaze shines as Dons progress

Improved second-half performance at Old Spotted Dog ground

27 September 2017

Osaze Urhoghide again stood out for AFC Wimbledon, as the development side negotiated a tricky London Senior Cup tie.

"Osaze was outstanding and I was impressed with Alfie Egan too," said coach Alan Reeves after Jayden Antwi (pictured) struck in a 2-0 victory against Hackney Wick.

The win set up a trip to either Balham or Cockfosters in the next round.

The versatile Urhoghide again caught the eye - just days after having made an impression for the under-18s, with a consolation goal in the weekend defeat at Cambridge United.

"My pre-match thoughts were that it was never going to be pretty as the pitch wasn't great and a leveller for both sides. The team that made the least mistakes would win and that it was important our enthusiasm and work-rate shone through.

"We came in goalless at the break and there wasn't much coaching required from me, I just recapped what I'd said as we hadn't executed what I was looking for."

An own goal and a composed finish from striker Antwi made certain there was to be no upset on the night as Wimbledon improved in the second-half.

"Paul Kalambayi didn't quite get a touch on it from a free-kick and it came off one of their players for an own goal for the first. Great Evans crossed for Jayden, who scored after a two-touch finish," said Alan.

"They created chances and so did we and it was about who wanted it more and who would come out on top in the second-half. It was never going to be the best of performances."

While it may not have been easy on the eye to watch, it certainly helped enhance the development skills of the young Dons side as they eventually saw off more senior opposition on an awkward surface.

"It was a game for defenders and not for expansive football. Our back for were solid and Nik Tzanev did what he had to do in goal," summed-up Alan.

"When we're 2-0 up with five minutes to go we don't need to go for more goals, which is similar to what I'd said to the boys when we won at Bournemouth recently. Our man management skills of the situation could be better."

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, Sibbick, Collins, Kalambayi, Perana, Wood, Egan, Urhoghide, Pingling (Awoyejo), Evans, Antwi.

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