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Wally praises resilience from his squad after late win

Post-match reaction from the manager after second successive home victory

13 March 2019

Wally Downes praised his players for sticking to the task after The Dons left it late to earn another vital victory.

Speaking during his post-match interview for iFollow after the 1-0 win, our manager said: “It was hard-fought, the game could have gone either way. We had our chances and so did they, but I thought we matched them. The fact that Dylan came on and gave us a bit more pace, I thought we would have more chances, and that proved to be the case. Dylan comes on and he gives you energy, he’s got ability. He’s a useful tool to bring on.

“There has been a mentality and a coming together. I’ve said to them all along that we are improving. I could see the improvement, but the results were not always forthcoming. We are now piecing together performances. We are playing well sometimes and we are toughening it out sometimes. We played well in this game, but we also toughened it out. That’s what you have to do to win games, you have to produce complete performances. It’s not easy winning any football match, but you cannot afford to make mistakes and tonight we kept them to a minimum. They made a mistake near the end and it led to a penalty.”

Wally added that he’s noticed the difference in mood around the club recently and he praised the supporters for really getting behind the team.

“It was terrific from the fans tonight, they’ve reconnected with the club. The players are enjoying it and they made a great gesture the other week by paying for travel for the fans and I think they appreciated that. There is no better feeling than winning like that with a late penalty and a finish like that. Having held on for six minutes of injury-time it all adds to it and makes it a great Tuesday night.”

“We chased the games too much earlier on in the season, which was probably my fault. Against Fleetwood, Burton, and Barnsley the games were over before they had really got started, so we’ve changed a little bit now. We try to keep it tight and if we have to win 1-0 with a goal in the 85th minute and with six minutes of injury time, then we will do that.”

Click on the link above to watch the full interview with Wally.


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