Glyn Hodges felt that AFC Wimbledon matched Doncaster for long spells and that a failure to take first-half chances cost his side a place in the Emirates FA Cup second round.
Speaking after the 2-0 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium, Glyn said: “I thought in the first-half we were really good and we hit the post and we had one or two other efforts that were close, but we needed to get our noses in front. To be fair, over the two ties I felt that we should have won it in the first game, but we didn’t get a second goal and they pegged us back. When they get their noses in front they are a good side and they have some excellent players.
“What I asked our players to do, they did. For long spells, I was really pleased. You cannot be happy with a 2-0 defeat, but I was pleased with what I saw and how we went about it. I said to them afterwards that they should keep their heads up. If we play like that we will pick up more points than we lose, even though this was a cup game.
“While we are disappointed – that never goes away because you don’t want to lose – there were signs that we want to continue and keep to that level.”
Glyn was quick to focus on getting his players right for Wmbledon's next challenge with an important League One match at home to Gillingham coming up on Saturday. Our manager also thanked Dons fans for getting behind the team in a midweek match held in South Yorkshire.
“It’s a long journey home now, but we have to refresh the boys and make sure the energy levels are the same, if not better, to get a win on Saturday.
“We had fantastic support and I thank our fans for that. We probably could have given them something to cheer about in the first-half. The goal quickly in the second-half probably took the wind out of our sails a bit. The support we’ve received has been outstanding.”
Click on the link below to watch Glyn's full interview after the match at Doncaster.