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Johnnie: Pleasing to blood youngsters

Our manager’s thoughts on opening group fixture

30 August 2022

Interviews

Johnnie: Pleasing to blood youngsters

Our manager’s thoughts on opening group fixture

30 August 2022

The gaffer expressed his delight at having the chance to hand several of our young talents game-time in tonight’s Papa John’s Trophy victory.

Johnnie Jackson rotated his squad for the visit of a youthful Aston Villa Under-21s side, resulting in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Paul Kalambayi and Josh Davison.

Alongside making the perfect start to our campaign in the Trophy, Aron Sasu, Kwaku Frimpong and Isaac Ogundere all got minutes under their belts. Our manager picked out the former for specific praise.

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“On the back of that (performance against Brentford B) he got himself involved tonight," said Johnnie. "Quaine Bartley was meant to be playing but he picked up a niggle in training. Aron impressed me in that Brentford game with his attitude and his endeavour and what he did with the ball as well. For me, it’s always brilliant and pleasing to give young lads an opportunity.

“It was a good game for us. It was a good opportunity for a lot of lads to get minutes and make a case for being involved in the ‘league side’, if you like. It also gave some youngsters exposure to senior football. We got everything I wanted out of the game.”

Kalambayi was also a stand-out performer on a night of positives for Wimbledon, the powerful centre-back marking his second appearance of the season with a scrambled finish on the goal line.

“He’s someone who has a point to prove to me," added Johnnie. "I’ve told him to take his opportunity. He wants to be playing every week and he’s had to bide his time. He’s stepped in today, scored a goal, and has been vocal, which was really pleasing.

“We started the game well and then they had a period after their goal when they grew into it. We had to be patient and we had to defend, but I thought in the second-half we really stepped it up again and I felt our second goal was coming. After that we were comfortable and we should have scored more.”

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

 


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