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Glyn’s reaction after Lincoln snatch late win

Manager sums up his disappointment after conceding decisive goal near the end

2 January 2021

Glyn Hodges said the manner of defeat was tough to take after league leaders Lincoln denied Wimbledon a point with a late goal today.

"Obviously, I’m disappointed again,” said our manager. “It was the second game, after Boxing Day at Oxford, when I felt that we went toe-to-toe against a very good team, and we’ve not got anything out of it. We maybe deserved something so it was a tough one to take, especially with the goal at the end. We are in a rut, but we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and get out of it.

"You can’t plan for what happened and we are not blaming PK. We work with the defenders on headers, finishing, and bits and pieces, but sometimes that happens. There’s nothing you can do. Sometimes defenders make errors like that and it ends up in the back of the net, so we can’t do that.

"We caused so many problems in the first-half with our two front players, Ollie and Joe, and they couldn’t cope with them. The plan was to carry on doing that, but we couldn’t quite do it. The mistake could easily have been at their end. It is what it is at the moment. Players have responded well to the Oxford game, but equally on Wednesday we have to make sure that they get their heads up. On another day that’s a performance that could win a game.”

One of the real positives to come out of today was a first Wimbledon goal for Ollie Palmer, who also got his first 90 minutes under his belt since joining us, and Glyn believes he can build on that now.

“I like playing players against their old teams,” said Glyn. “They have a little bounce in their step and it was probably Ollie’s best performance for us. I was disappointed that we didn’t make more of it in the second-half, that we didn’t ask more questions because we had the two centre forwards causing problems. Ollie has got his goal, I think he was tired there because it was his first 90 minutes for us. Hopefully, it’s the first goal of many for Ollie. That was also Jaakko’s first 90 minutes for a while, Cheye hadn’t played for two weeks, so there were a few tired legs out there.”

The main picture (taken by Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images) shows Ollie Palmer heading home the equaliser today.

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