Glyn Hodges was quick to thank the Finnish FA for allowing Marcus Forss to play for Wimbledon today after the striker's stunning treble at Southend United.
Marcus requested to stay with his loan club, rather than go away and play for Finland Under-21s - and that decision certainly paid off at Roots Hall today.
“I’ve just written on his match ball ‘Thank-you Finland’. We have to thank them first and foremost for having the insight to think it would be better for him playing here than in that competition. We had a problem with ‘Trotts’ and they wouldn’t let him stay. Marcus said ‘no’, so credit to him and to Finland. He wanted to play for us and it seems like a good decision all round!"
On the performance that earned Wimbledon's first away win of the season, Glyn said that he told the boys to relax more and play to their strengths in the second-half.
“It was fantastic, we went 2-0 up early and when they scored I think the panic set in," added Glyn. "Luckily, we got to half-time at 2-1 and I just told them to relax and calm down. They did to be fair and I was pleased that it wasn’t as tight as it has been. The boys could enjoy it at the end and that’s a nice feeling that we haven’t had so far.
“Anyone can beat anyone in this league. There are no easy games, but you have to impose your personality and your style on the other team. It’s never going to be an easy day though, so from the first minute to the last you are trying to win the game and they are trying to do the same. They changed their formation and tried to cause us problems out wide with the overlaps, which was causing us problems, but we settled that down after half-time. I thought in the second-half we were excellent.
“It’s been coming and we have a great week now to recover and prepare for Portsmouth. That’s always a good game against them, we just have to repeat the performance from here today, that’s the task.”
Take a look at Glyn's full interview below.