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Glyn seeks a defensive solution after narrow loss

Manager’s post-match reaction

20 October 2020

Glyn Hodges had mixed emotions after Wimbledon were beaten by the odd goal for the second time in just four days.

The Dons produced an encouraging display against one of the promotion favourites, but came up short after conceding a goal from a set-piece once again.

Glyn said: " I am pleased as we took the game to them and some of our football was excellent. We carved out the two best chances in the first-half, but you have to take them. We played against a team who are experts at set pieces. When you are attacking them they grapple you to the floor and when George Honeyman got hold of Steve Seddon that should have been a penalty, but referees are not giving them. We are nice boys, probably too nice, and we need to take that ugly side of what they throw at it.

"Apart from that corner, I can't remember Connal making any particular saves. We asked them questions, but they defended well at the end. I thought it was a good game and it was one that we're scratching our heads about because we didn't get anything from it. We are close as they were a Championship club and they were hanging on and they couldn't wait for the referee to blow the whistle.

"It leaves a horrible taste in your mouth because in the last two games we've been beaten in our keeper has barely had a shot to save and we've conceded two goals from set pieces. We've had a conversation in there, everybody contributed, and hopefully we've got a solution to how we are going to defend."

Our manager made two changes to his starting line-up at Hull and he explained the reasons for those decisions.

"Ethan got blacked out on Saturday when he got hit in the face with the ball by Joe Pigott, so there was a concussion there and we had to follow the protocols," added Glyn. "With Ryan, it's his first foray into League One football and we've had a lot of games in a short space of time. Rudi came in and he was tremendous, and Callum did well too. I knew Rudi was not going to complete the full 90, I think he's only had 45 minutes since August. He's a fit boy anyway, I knew he would run out of legs, but I was pleased with his contribution."

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