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Johnnie: Small period cost us

Reaction to today’s defeat

13 January 2024

Interviews

Johnnie: Small period cost us

Reaction to today’s defeat

13 January 2024

Johnnie Jackson expressed his frustration after two goals conceded in nine minutes resulted in defeat at Wrexham.

Second-half goals from Steven Fletcher and Paul Mullin proved to be the difference on a day when Wimbledon had enough chances to have walked away with three points.

Ultimately, it was the clinical nature of our hosts that swung the game in their favour, meaning we will have to regroup ahead of next weekend’s home fixture against Crawley Town.

Here Johnnie discusses the 90 minutes, highlights the bright performance of James Ball, and discusses the potential for further transfer business.

ON THE PERFORMANCE…

That little period of nine minutes has cost us the game. It’s frustrating because I think it was a really good performance from our team. We dominated the first-half completely and then they had their moments in the second and got their goals in that period.

We switched off for the two goals, ones a set play and the other is a cross into our box – which we knew would be their threat. But we’ve had enough chances ourselves at the other end to probably win. We knew we wouldn’t necessarily get loads of chances here so you have to take them. From the box to box we were by far the better team but the scoreline reads 2-0 and that’s what matters.

ON JAMES BALL…

I thought Bally did great, he did a brilliant job of nullifying their midfielder. He was also a threat in the air and did a really good shift for the team. He’s not played a lot of minutes, it was a big ask playing him in that role but he did great.

We’re limited with what we can do, Ryan McLean was our only attacking option on the bench but I felt we were always in the game.

ON POTENTIAL TRANSFER BUSINESS…

It’s obvious that we need some bodies. With Josh Neufville being out and the two boys (Ali Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel) being away, we haven’t got a striker on the bench. You want to be able to make the changes off the bench that can go and impact the game. It is what it is – we’ll work hard this week to see what we can do. The boys have got to rest up, they gave everything out there today, they didn’t get what they deserve or what the supporters who travelled in their numbers deserved.

PICS: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images)


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