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Post-match interview after game against Luton

Reaction on our iFollow channel from Simon Bassey

27 October 2018

Simon Bassey expressed his disappointment with Wimbledon's second-half performance after the defeat against Luton Town.

Speaking in his post-match interview for iFollow, our first-team coach said: "It was a tight game for 45 minutes. We were in it and we had a couple of chances in the first-half, but the second-half was not acceptable. We know the importance of the first goal, but we didn't do well enough to defend a throw-in; we didn't mark properly in the box, and we conceded a poor goal from our point of view again. Ultimately, when you concede poor goals, with the way we are playing up front at the moment, it's always a mountain to climb, and we didn't attempt to climb it in the second-half.

"It's not just the defenders. We had three midfielders over there trying to stop a throw-in that they didn't manage to do. We are not just here to criticise the defenders. Defenders have got to defend better, midfielders have to defend better, and centre forwards have to score goals and they have to press from the front. We didn't do that in the second-half and there are no excuses for it."

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

Simon felt that the players executed the game-plan well in the first-half, but it was a different story after the break.

"We changed the shape a little bit, we gave them opportunities to match up, to make sure the game was in front of them," added Simon. "Obviously, you cannot get overloaded in midfield against a team like Luton because they are technically very good, so we tried to stop that, and let the full-backs have it if possible, so that we could lock them in down the sides.

"First-half, we have no complaints. It was a decent half I thought. We were in it and we were competing. Second-half, you can say it was the goal that changed it, but I didn't even think we did well enough for the first 15 minutes after half-time. I am really disappointed with our second-half performance.

"I grew up watching Wimbledon and I know what it's about. If you give the fans everything they will cheer you. In the first-half we gave a good account of ourselves and the crowd were excellent. Second-half, I fully expected us to be booed off because we were not good enough."

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.


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