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Glyn’s reaction: Defeat was tough to take

Manager’s post-match interview at Gillingham

24 November 2020

Glyn Hodges was disappointed by the manner of defeat at Gillingham because he felt that Wimbledon deserved something from the game.

Speaking after the 2-1 loss at Priestfield Stadium, our manager said: "We had two poor 10-minute spells. At the start of the game and after half-time. They came out really fast and went ahead, and deservedly so. After the start to the game I felt we controlled it, we got a deserved equaliser, and did really well. When we spoke at half-time I said, ‘get ready for the first 10 minutes, we need to weather the storm, and we will control the game again’. We didn’t, and they scored. That’s really hard to take.

“It’s our errors that we made, and they are costly mistakes. We haven’t been making those errors. We had mentioned it and spoken about it before the game and at half-time. They have gone out and done exactly what we had feared. The boys have done great, they’ve played worse and won this season. It’s a really disappointing and galling defeat to take because we had been on a great run and I felt we deserved something tonight.”

Glyn believes that the Dons should have been awarded penalties by the referee, but he added that his side didn't do enough to get back into it after conceding the second goal.

“We should have had a penalty in the first-half with Joe Pigott’s free-kick," said Glyn. "Their player has put his arm out, but the referee has said it was natural. He put his arm out to stop the ball going in the back of the net, and that’s a penalty, but he didn’t give it. Will has missed a chance, but he was pulled back by his shirt, and that should have been another penalty, but he doesn’t give that. They were two blatant penalties and I don’t know what we’ve got to do to get a penalty. We still didn’t do enough to get back into the game, apart from when the keeper made a double save to stop Rudi and Ollie.”

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