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Johnnie: Ridiculously soft goal to concede

Reaction to tonight’s defeat

20 February 2024

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Johnnie: Ridiculously soft goal to concede

Reaction to tonight’s defeat

20 February 2024

Johnnie Jackson highlighted another defensive lapse which cost the Dons a points return as we succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat.

Crawley Town were presented with one clear cut chance in the second-half and duly took it as they took advantage of a defensive mishap, undoing all of Wimbledon’s effort in an attempt to get ahead.

Presentable chances were passed up by the Dons within the first hour, arguably deflating us as a result before the killer blow came from the visitors.

Here Johnnie discusses why we came up short and looks ahead to our trip to Doncaster Rovers.

ON THE PERFORMANCE…

We weren’t clinical enough in either box and it proved to be the difference. It’s something we highlighted before the game. If we want to have a killer mentality and get where we want to get to, we’ve got to be clinical in those boxes and we haven’t done that. For 65 minutes we were the better team and created some great chances that we didn’t take.

We gave them a ridiculously soft goal where we didn’t clear our lines and they got a tap in because we went sloppy. It’s another game where we feel we should’ve had more. It’s really annoying.

ON THE SUBSITUTIONS…

We wanted to bring more energy onto the pitch, I thought bringing those boys on would lift the impetus. It didn’t quite work. After we missed that real clear cut chance in the second-half it deflated us a bit. We lost our way towards the end which is frustrating.

ON KOFI BALMER…

He’s done his hamstring. At this stage we don’t know how bad it is. He’s been excellent for us since he came in. That’s where we’re at with injuries right now, Ryan Johnson and Joe Lewis are out and now Kofi.

ON THE MESSAGE TO THE PLAYERS AHEAD OF SATURDAY...

We have to be clinical. There’s no point in carving out these chances that we are and not taking them. The outstanding chances of the night came to us and we didn’t take them. We have to drill home the defensive side of things – we can’t be sloppy in our own box.

We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have another game in a few days, we may look to freshen things up. Saturday is a game we can go and win but we have to better in both boxes.

MATCH PICS: Stephen Flynn (Pro Sports Images)


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