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“We got the job done”

Reaction following cup progress

7 November 2023

Johnnie Jackson was satisfied with the performance tonight as the Dons progressed to the knockout stages of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, beating Crystal Palace Under-21s 2-0.

A brace from Josh Davison settled our second group game inside the first-half as we put in a composed performance across the 90 minutes.

It was a showing that pleased our manager as we progressed in another knockout competition following our 5-1 win over Cheltenham Town on the weekend just gone.

Here Johnnie provides his thoughts on the victory, Josh’s double, the return of Paul Kalambayi and a senior debut for Junior Nkeng.


I told the lads before that we had to get the job done and they did that. It was a different challenge tonight and we did what we needed to do. I’m very pleased with our night’s work.

The changes were pre-planned in order to manage the boys, James Ball picked up a slight knock, hopefully nothing too serious, we’ve more or less come through unscathed.


Josh was brilliant tonight, two good finishes albeit a bit of help for the second. He created a lot of chances and could have maybe had a hat-trick on another night. That’s what you want when you give players opportunities to impact games. There’s was opportunities for him and other lads tonight to give me something to think about.


He’s been training for a while now and featured in a few behind closed doors friendlies. This was his first competitive action which was really important for him. He looked fit and he looked strong. I was delighted with him.


I like to get these young lads on if there is an opportunity to do so. I wanted to do it a little bit sooner. It was only a cameo in the end but again he’s another one that did well in the FA Youth Cup the other night. He’s someone we’re also keeping a close eye on.

PICS: Clive Howes (Pro Sports Images)


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