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Glyn pleased with display in FA Cup draw

Post-match reaction from the manager

9 November 2019

Glyn Hodges felt that his side a produced a much improved display on the ball today against a Doncaster side that he rates highly.

Our manager said: “I thought we created chances and I was pleased with the level of performance against Doncaster, who are a good side. We knew they would have their chances and cause us problems because of the quality that they have. Overall, I was really pleased. I think that’s the best we’ve done since I’ve taken over and you can see stuff that we’ve worked upon in training coming off. The players are really taking things on board and I thought we took the game to them.

“We knew they were a dangerous team and all about their main threats, but recently we haven’t shown that quality on the ball enough. When we do get the ball I want us to play and pass. Some of the spells, particularly in the first-half, I was very pleased with.

“It could have been tougher because we could have been out of the cup. The replay is a game we will look to win. We had a young substitutes’ bench today and we will be young on Wednesday too. Then we will have a look at Blackpool and Doncaster. The games are coming thick and fast, but that’s what we are in it for. We want to stay in every competition that we can.”

Glyn has been pleased to welcome Luke O’Neill back into the fold in recent weeks as he believes he can add an extra dimension to Wimbledon’s attacking play - and that was in evidence again today with his assist for Joe Pigott’s goal.

“You want your centre forwards to be chipping in and scoring. It was Joe’s first for a while, but I thought he took it well and Luke O’Neill produced something similar to last week. We will cause problems there. We are getting in good areas, but it’s just about getting the right connection. We are getting into key areas with control, instead of booting it and chasing lost causes.

“Luke has got good quality and I think it suits him playing on that right side of defence. He can step in. I felt that a couple of times earlier he turned it (chance to cross) down and I was thinking ‘why aren’t you playing it in?’ The idea is to get in control in those areas and then we have to put it in the box and feed the centre forwards. It was a great ball that he produced for our goal.”

The full post-match interview with Glyn can be viewed below.

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