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Simon's reaction after Dons march into third round

Interim Manager interviewed after victory at FC Halifax

1 December 2018

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Simon Bassey felt that AFC Wimbledon produced an 'excellent' second half display at FC Halifax today after recovering from a difficult first 45 minutes.

The Dons earned a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a much-improved display after the break and Simon praised Anthony Wordsworth for a performance that included a goal of real quality.

Speaking during his post-match interview for iFollow, Wimbledon's Interim Manager said: "In the first-half we didn't start well. We got worse through the middle of it and we were lucky to go in 1-0 up at half-time. I had a good chat with them at half-time. We spoke about some things and in the second-half I thought we were excellent and thoroughly deserved the win. We hadn't passed the ball well enough in the first-half and we had not been brave enough on the ball. Off the ball our transitions were not quick enough and we didn't win enough 50/50 balls. Ultimately, when that is the case against a National League side away from home then you are going to struggle and we struggled in the first-half.

"Anthony has real quality, it was one of the reasons why we brought him to the club, for the goals he can get from midfield. I think we saw that today with his fantastic finish. In a dominant second-half, Anthony was instrumental in ticking us over."

Simon added his appreciation for the 314 travelling Dons as they cheered on the team to victory in West Yorkshire and he also spoke about the exciting prospect of Wimbledon being paired with a big club in the Emirates FA Cup draw on Monday night.

"It's a great day and I thank every one of our fans for coming here today," said Simon. "I know it was a really early start for them, but their support was fantastic. I'm glad that we gave them a win to be happy about on the way home.

"We have another game on Tuesday and we will look to win that and then we have a really important league game at home to Rochdale. Whatever competition it is in, winning breeds confidence and confidence is a thing that we need to improve upon at times.

"Probably Arsenal in terms of the money situation would be good for us in the next round, but any of the big clubs would be great because it would help the club massively."

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