Glyn Hodges believes that two successive home matches offer his squad a big chance to get back on track after a performance that fell below his expectations at Accrington.
The Dons are back on home turf on Saturday with Fleetwood as the visitors and that’s quickly followed on Tuesday night by a match against Ipswich Town.
Glyn said: “It’s been a good response (since Accrington), as you would expect. We’ve been on the grass and the weather has got better. Hopefully, we’ve put a few gremlins to bed from last weekend. It was a one-off anyway, so I’m not expecting anything like that again. The boys are keen to put it right, so we have got a great opportunity to do that in the next two home games.
“The players were quite excited (before the Accrington game). On the back of two good home performances against Burton and Peterborough we went in there thinking that if we played anything like we did in those matches we had the chance to go above them. The players knew that, but you can’t put your finger on it. Whether it was the conditions, or things not going our way, I don’t know. We got back to 2-1, and possibly could have got an equaliser, but the quality wasn’t there. It was a bad day at the office, we all have those, and hopefully that’s our one for the season and we can move forward.”
New loan signing Julien Lamy could make his debut on Saturday and our manager added that the forward has added something extra to the training sessions. In particular, Glyn said that 17-year-old Huseyin Biler has benefited from being up against him in training.
“You put players up against each other specific to their positions. You put centre forwards up against centre-backs and wingers up against full-backs. When you are a young lad learning the game, the only way you can do it is to pick the best one versus one opponent and try to get the better of him. Huseyin understood that straight away and realised that he had to play against Julien some more. That’s bright from him and shows that he’s an intelligent kid. I think Julien will help a few full-backs and wing backs while he’s here.”
Take a look below at Julien showing encouraging signs at today’s training session. The full interview with Glyn ahead of the match against Fleetwood is also below.