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Jimmy passes on wisdom to Wimbledon Academy

Young Dons learn from midfielder, but slip to Posh defeat

19 September 2017

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou made constructive use of his enforced absence by passing on some of his attributes to AFC Wimbledon's Youth team.

"On Friday, it was excellent as we were joined by Alan Reeves, Nik Tzanev and Paul Kalambayi from the under-21s and Jimmy Abdou," said Academy Head of Football Mark Robinson.

The Comoros international (pictured), on a season-long loan from Championship club Millwall, was in the process of completing his three-match ban after receiving a straight red at Blackpool. However, he's put his time out to good use.

"So as well as having a session of good intensity, it was perfect for me to point out the professionalism of someone like Jimmy who was more than happy to train with the under-18s. Obviously he is keeping up fitness, but his attitude and enthusiasm was a lesson for the boys and we had a good constructive chat about it."

The young Dons looked to build on their good victory, away to Southend the previous week, but went down 2-0 at home to Peterborough in the Youth Alliance the following day.

After a slow start though, it was Peterborough who took the lead. Goalkeeper Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu had already denied Josh Davison in the 13th minute with an excellent penalty save, but Davison got his goal with a good header a minute later.

The Dons improved after the opening goal and Great Evans, Osaze Urhoghide and Tyler Burey all had chances, but the visitors also looked threatening when they went forward.

The hosts started the second half slowly like the first and Ogbebor-Onaiwu was again the top performer as he pulled off two good saves. Wimbledon once again slightly improved, but rarely troubled the Posh keeper.

The game was put beyond the Dons in the 75th minute when Luke Strachan smashed home from eight yards after a scramble.

"I was not at the game on Tuesday (a 3-1 defeat at Yeovil in the Youth Alliance Cup), but I know my assistant James Oliver-Pearce and the lads were disappointed with the performance after a better display on the previous Saturday.

"We had two good sessions on Thursday and Friday where we really encouraged the boys to play with more freedom, whilst remembering their defensive principles. I cannot deny I was expecting a good performance against Peterborough, but what we got was a performance that was as far away from a Wimbledon performance as you could possibly get.

"I will reflect on how we can strive to get the group dynamic right so that the talent I know we have can play to their potential."

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