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Post-match reaction from the manager

Wally interviewed after defeat against Charlton

23 February 2019

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Wally Downes expressed his disappointment with Wimbledon’s second-half performance after the last-gasp defeat against Charlton Athletic.

Speaking in his post-match interview for iFollow, our manager said: “We probably got what we deserved. We deserved to be winning at half-time and we didn’t deserve to win the second-half. They were two goals better than us in the second-half and we were one goal better than them in the first-half. We need to maintain a bit of consistency in our play and make better decisions. I was very pleased with the way we played in the first-half, but you don’t get paid out at half-time unfortunately. You have to put two halves together and today we didn’t do that.

“The decisions we were making in the first-half were terrific: we were getting it forward and wide, taking people on in the final third, getting crosses in, and winning corners. In the second-half we veered away from that very early and it was worrying to see. The substitutes have been terrific and they’ve always got a part to play, but today they weren’t as switched on as they should have been at a vital moment, which was a set piece in injury-time. If a team switches off like that, you are going to get punished.”

With no midweek game, Wimbledon have a full week to prepare for the important match at Shrewsbury next Saturday.

“It’s a six-pointer and we’ve done well in the last two away games and we want to carry that on again," added Wally. "We have a clear week to prepare and get everyone ready to go again. The training will be geared to putting people in positions where they have choices to make and let’s hope they make better choices than they did in the second-half today. We have to make better decisions when we have quality possession in the opposition’s half of the pitch.”

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

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