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Glyn on the thrilling fightback against Doncaster

Post-match reaction after important win for Wimbledon

14 December 2019

Glyn Hodges said that match-winner Callum Reilly led by example with his second-half display after Wimbledon completed a dramatic turnaround to defeat Doncaster Rovers today.

Speaking after the 2-1 victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, Glyn said: “You need the ones with a bit of experience to come to the fore and I thought they did that. Callum’s performance was fantastic and to cap it with the goal he got, running from our D to their penalty box to finish, showed the determination he has. Callum is an example for everyone in the team.

“I thought Marcus was going to take that chance for Callum, but luckily he got out of the way, and he let Callum have it. Marcus has scored 10 goals here so far, he’s happy with that, and we’re happy with his performance. As well as scoring today, he actually made the winning goal with his strength, power, and pace, so we’re really happy.”

Our manager felt that Wimbledon put right a lot of the failings that handed Doncaster the initiative in the first-half.

“It was the old cliché of a game of two halves. We were not at the races in the first-half and we were quite fortunate to be just 1-0 down as they could have got one or two more. We felt we were under the cosh, but once we sorted things out at half-time we were a different team and we showed what we were about. I don’t know the last time we came from 1-0 down to win, so it was brilliant. We got our just rewards.

“We didn’t do what we set out to do (in the first-half), we didn’t do what we have aimed to do over the months that I’ve been in charge. The fundamentals with how we defended, the shape, and the distances between the back, the midfield, and the forwards, was not right. I don’t know whether or not the injuries to ‘Waggy’ and Paul Kalambayi affected them. Luckily, we were able to address it at half-time and they took it on board by delivering in the second-half.”

Pic: Matt Redman. 

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