Glyn Hodges praised Jack Rudoni for taking the big match atmosphere at Bristol Rovers in his stride after the 18-year-old midfielder's full debut.
Jack's emergence is another success story for our academy as he has risen through the ranks after joining Wimbledon at the age of 10.
“We congratulated Jack afterwards," said Glyn. "He didn’t look out of place and he looked like he had been playing in there for years. It was a tough game, but he showed tremendous energy and that he has an old head on young shoulders. He is a player who has probably been thrown in a bit early, but we will see how he goes moving forward.”
The win at Bristol Rovers came thanks to an impressive fightback at the Memorlal Stadium and our manager was delighted to see strike partners Marcus Forss and Joe Pigott netting goals from inside the area.
“The same sort of balls were going into the box as they were at Tranmere, but we didn’t have anyone in there. It was pleasing in the second-half that they were both in there and they scored. I probably would have taken a point after we equalised, but we kept going to get the winner and I’m pleased for Pigs because he has been terrific.
“Marcus has got that knack. It wasn’t the cleanest of strikes. It came up quickly and he did not know much about it, but he guided it in and that was an important goal as we got back on level terms with them. It gave us a bit of belief and confidence that we could go on and win.
“It’s fantastic to get the victory and we had to come from behind again to do it. Someone told me they were second in the league at half-time, so they are promotion hopefuls, but we upset the applecart and I thought we deserved the three points. We have two home games coming up and we have to try and buck the trend of falling behind.
“It’s been a good December and I’m pleased with it, and now we have two home games coming up. The way we went about it in the second-half showed that we have belief in what we do. We seem to be improving all of the time. If the players can take confidence and really buy into what we are trying to do, which they are doing, this can be another step forward with the way we want to do things. The holiday period is a great spell for football and if we can perform like that in the next two home games then there may be more points to be had.”