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“We can do something really special”

Reaction to tonight’s victory and the first-half of the season

29 December 2023

Interviews

“We can do something really special”

Reaction to tonight’s victory and the first-half of the season

29 December 2023

Johnnie Jackson admitted to being pleased with the position that we find ourselves in heading into 2024 but vowed that there is much more to come from our side.

The Dons rounded off the year in stunning fashion tonight as we beat Colchester United 5-3 to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.

Josh Davison (2) and Ali Al-Hamadi both hit the net as their scoring form continued, whilst the unlikely source of Joe Lewis also contributed two goals and an assist from centre-back to put the icing on the cake.

Here Johnnie reflects on the manner of the victory, hails the performance of our scoring trio and looks ahead to the second-half of the season.

ON THE PERFORMANCE…

We should have had more, that’s a fact. We were devastating in the way we attacked all night. We looked such a threat all over the pitch. The two forwards and midfielders joining in, the set plays, we looked like we had goals and chances all night.

We asked for a response, we know it was a disappointing result the other day where we dropped below our levels. We dealt with it and we moved on, I had no doubt in my mind that they would move on. They were as upset as anyone that we hadn’t done ourselves justice. We had to move on quickly. The boys were bang up for it today and I can’t ask anymore of them.

ON JOE LEWIS…

He was brilliant. He was up on the gantry with me on Boxing Day watching on. He didn’t enjoy that experience, like myself. He was desperate to get back out there and prove his worth. He was excellent, he got goals, which is something we’ve been asking of our defenders. Them chipping in can make the difference between winning and losing. Everyone needs to play their role, not just defensively but in attack as well. We ask a lot of our forwards to defend, so it’s only right that we ask our defenders to get goals.

ON JOSH DAVISON…

I thought they were excellent together (Josh and Ali). I’m delighted for Josh as he’s had to be really patient. He’s stuck with it, he’s trained hard, waited for his moments and he’s grabbing them. He’s giving me a selection headache because he deserves his place in the team. Those two together with Omar (Bugiel) behind them are going to cause problems with their physicality and movement.

I’ve known the boy a long time, I’ve got a really good relationship with him. He’s a great lad that deserves it. I know what he’s got in his locker and he doesn’t always show it. What he does first and foremost is run, blocks and tackles. He presses and fights and those are Wimbledon traits.

There’s never a lack of effort with Josh. I feel like he could get in better goalscoring positions, be on the move a bit more, that’s what we’re working on with him. His first goal was reminiscent of one that Jamie Vardy would score. The movement was great, he got across the defender, that doesn’t happen without that movement.

ON THE FIRST-HALF OF THE SEASON…

I think we’ve done really well. You can see by the goals we’re scoring and the football that we’re playing that we’ve got the makings of a really good team. If we stick together we can do something really special. We’re not the finished article, we’re never going to be this quickly. I think to come where we’ve come from to where we are now is a huge gulf.

It started in pre-season with the recruitment, we then went to Benidorm and then we hit the ground running at the start of the season. I’d like to be top of the league, I’m greedy and I still think that perhaps we haven’t got quite what we deserve but we are in a good position. We’re right in and amongst it, we have to keep maintaining our levels now.

PICS: Stephen Flynn (Pro Sports Images)


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