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Johnnie: Our best defensive performance

Reaction to another home victory

11 November 2023

Johnnie Jackson saluted the defensive efforts of our squad as the Dons made it three home wins on the spin.

A well-taken brace from Ali Al-Hamadi saw us bag all three points as we swept Doncaster Rovers aside 2-0, but it was our defending that will also make the headlines.

It was a showing that pleased our manager as he toasted another victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium as the winter months come in.

Here’s what Johnnie had to say after the full-time whistle.


I’m so proud of the group, it was a magnificent performance with and without the ball. We had to do a lot of the dirty work today especially when we went down to 10 and then nine at the end. I thought the shape was outstanding. Even though we had to give up possession of the ball to them we still limited them to very little. That’s credit to the lads and the work we did this week.


You always have a plan in mind, you always want to have an outlet. It’s difficult to have that outlet and defend in the way you want. You have to put pressure on the ball and defend your box, which we did. We’ve got players that can do those jobs.

We were faultless to be honest. We put our heads in where it hurt, our keeper came and claimed when he needed to. It’s right up there as a defensive performance.


He’ll probably prefer his second one but I loved his first goal. He was a poacher, it was dirty and horrible but he got it when the game was tight. That’s when you need to make those situations count. His second was a bit more pleasing on the eye, it was a great finish. Delighted for him, he’s been a threat all season.

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)



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