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Glyn's post-match reaction at Tranmere

Manager interviewed after away defeat

21 December 2019

Glyn Hodges was disappointed with his side's lack of cutting edge in the defeat at Tranmere Rovers.

Our manager felt that Wimbledon were much-improved after the break, but his players came up short in attacking positions.

“We probably should have done more in the first-half, but in the second-half we had chances. We got bodies forward and balls were rolled across the box that you expect someone to finish. I was disappointed that we did not get the goal and maybe if we had got one we would have got another, but we’ve been beaten.

“I had said at half-time that I didn’t think we gambled anywhere. We didn’t gamble in the midfield in trying to win the knock downs and the next balls. They dominated us in the first-half and their long balls were therefore causing us problems. They were knocking balls in behind. The message at half-time was to gamble in possession more, to gamble where the ball was going to land, and to get closer to people. We did that, but it wasn’t to be and we couldn’t get the goal."

Glyn said it was unclear if Tranmere's winner had actually crossed the line, but he added that Wimbledon had to accept the decision. 

“Nathan is adamant that the ball didn’t go over the line," added Glyn. "You expected it to hit the back of the net, but it didn’t and the linesman was very quick to flag. You have to take those decisions and our fans behind the goal probably had a better view than me. You hope it will not be given, but it was and you have to get on with it.

“I put Anthony Hartigan on to try and get Callum further up towards the front two and in the end with 10 minutes left I thought we would go 3-4-3 and have a go. We put Tommy Wood on so that we could go up against their back three to see if we could cause them more problems. In the second-half I thought we caused them problems, but we didn’t get the finishing touches."

The Dons had good support from our away fans at today's game and Glyn thanked them for making the trip just days before Christmas.

“I am happy with our progress. This was disappointing, but I was happy with the performance. I thank the supporters for coming and I hope they have a safe journey back. We appreciate their support and unfortunately we couldn’t give them anything to shout about. There are plenty of games left and the way the boys are playing I’m sure we will get our fair share of wins.”

Pic credit: Paul Thompson, Pro Sports Images.

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