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Glyn: It was a big win to finish the month

Post-match reaction from the manager

29 February 2020

Glyn Hodges praised his players for producing an impressive all-round display at Gillingham and he saluted the backing they received from 653 travelling Dons in Kent.

Speaking after the dramatic 2-1 win at Priestfield Stadium, our manager said: “It has been a difficult February, but we have picked up some points and this was a big win to finish the month off. It sets us up nicely for March.

“It was absolutely brilliant. I felt hard done by when they got the equaliser because we had defended great. I think Joe actually had the ball for their equaliser, but he slipped, so the pitch didn’t help us there, but to concede that goal and actually come again to get the winner, I felt we deserved it.

“We have a plan for every team we play against, but we just tweaked things a little because of the way that they play. It was just making sure that we had people in key areas to cope with how they play. We did that well and we also had a lot of joy going forward. In the first-half we had Joe Pigott’s shot cleared off the line and Scott Wagstaff had one well saved. In the second-half we scored twice and Joe was unlucky with another chance. We stuck to our gameplan and we opened them up at times, so it was a good all-round performance.

“I felt sorry for the fans with the elements and the wind. They must have got soaked in the second-half, I know they got given ponchos, but it was nice that we got the two goals at their end. They had a lot to shout about and I hope they enjoyed their journeys home. As always, they were terrific, and we couldn’t do it without them."

Glyn was delighted with the character shown by his team after they bounced back from a late Gillingham equaliser to win it.

“When you go away from home you expect pressure and they had long throw after long throw. They put balls into areas and really make you work. We defended our box really well. You can’t defend all of the balls in, but the response after we conceded was absolutely brilliant.

“I was impressed with everybody, but the ex-Gills players deserve a special mention because it’s always nice to go back to your old club and win. To score the winner in the manner that Callum did made it even more special. I had it in my mind for all of them to play, maybe they get that bit extra, and the challenge for them is to keep that going and take it into the next 10 games.

“I had mentioned before that Kwesi had a few injuries and I would have loved to have kept him on because he was a thorn in their side, but we put Adam Roscrow on because we cannot afford to lose Kwesi. It’s a balancing act and I thought Adam also worked his socks off when he came on. Kwesi was terrific and he makes a good partnership with Pigs.”

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