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Wally's reaction after taking a point against Blackpool

Manager's post-match interview after home draw

29 December 2018

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Wally Downes was pleased that Wimbledon earned a first clean sheet since he was appointed, but he felt the Dons could have done more to secure all three points.

Speaking during his post-match interview for iFollow, Wally said: "It was a dogged performance in a blood and thunder game. We had some chances and we should have shown better quality when we got out wide in the second-half. In the first-half I didn't think we really pushed them, but at 0-0 you have put yourself in a great position to win it. We had 45 minutes to win a football match and to step up and do it, but we just couldn't take the extra step today.

"Blackpool play with two sitting players and they like to control the ball in their own half, which is fine, it didn't cause us too many problems. They had a couple of early chances when they got the ball forward to the big guy, but I was quite comfortable with the first-half. I thought they played slowly, but we could have played a bit quicker. We could have harried them a bit more and used the freshness that I thought we had over them at an earlier stage in the game. We stepped it up a little bit in the second-half, but if we had played with that sort of energy in the first-half then they would have flagged a little bit more than they did.

"It was very important for the players to get that clean sheet. It's a target that you always set. I said to them today that if they kept a clean sheet they would win it, but we couldn't move on and get the goal. It's a target that we've set and it's the first one today. We want to win games and keep clean sheets and if we do both we will be going places."

Wally praised the efforts of Will Nightingale and Terell Thomas at the heart of Wimbledon's defence, but he believes there is much more to come from them in the future.

"They got the job done today, but they are still a work in progress,” added Wally. “They are still both young. We haven't had a  great deal of time to do a lot of work with them. I've got no complaints about the willingness and the fortitude that they show in trying to keep the ball out of the net, it's magnificent. They throw their bodies on the line and work hard. Now we just have to try and get some technical knowledge into them and watch them blossom."

Wally was also full of praise for Tom King after his important performance between the sticks today.

"Tom has been terrific, I cannot fault him,” said Wally. “He is a colossal figure in the goal. His kicking has been terrific for us and today he's made a couple of really critical saves, he was a big part of the clean sheet today."

The full interview with Wally is available to watch by clicking on the link above.

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