Glyn Hodges expressed his frustration after Wimbledon were denied all three points deep into injury-time, but he was proud of the performance produced by his squad.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw at Bolton, Glyn said: “It’s mixed emotions really. I am standing here deflated and disappointed, but I’m proud of how we went about it. I’m proud of what we achieved in getting our noses in front twice. Not seeing it through feels like a defeat, but after our win last time out, coming here and getting a point - our away form had not been great - there are pluses. Everyone is on a bit of a downer, but we will pick the bones out of it on Monday and go again refreshed, before trying to get another win against Doncaster.”
Glyn added that more time was added than the four minutes announced for injury time, but he admitted that his players had opportunities to prevent the equaliser.
“The goal came on four minutes and 23 seconds, our analyst has just looked at it,” said Glyn. “We are asking our players to show attention to detail. Perhaps others should show that attention to detail and to concede when time was up is disappointing. Both goals were disappointing to concede so we are not hiding behind the referee. You hope the whistle blows, but we could have avoided it. There were two instances in the build-up when we could have done better. We had a chance to slide the ball down the side and get more bodies forward. We also had a chance to win the ball, but we didn’t do that.
“I’m looking on that pitch at how many players have been in situations like this. It’s a very young squad and it’s a learning curve. I said to the boys ‘don’t worry, it’s a great point’. Three points and back to back wins would have been fantastic, but as long as we learn and ensure it doesn’t happen again, that’s the main thing. It’s a massive learning curve and it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but I’m proud of the players.”