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“You might not get back in”

Reaction to tonight’s Trophy exit

30 January 2024

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“You might not get back in”

Reaction to tonight’s Trophy exit

30 January 2024

Johnnie Jackson has reminded our players that standards must be maintained, otherwise they could lose their spot in the team.

Our manager was speaking after the Dons exited the Bristol Street Motors Trophy at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-1 to Peterborough United.

This brought our campaign in the competition to an end on a night when a slow start cost Wimbledon, with only a Ryan McLean strike late in the second-half offering any hope of a comeback.

Here Johnnie expresses his disappointment at the performance, praises Ryan for his impact and provides an update on the potential for further transfer business.

ON THE PERFORMANCE…

The start we made to the game has cost us any opportunity we had to go further in the competition. It was a horrendous start, conceding two in the first five minutes – it’s not how you want to start any game let alone a quarter-final. The damage was done. We ended the game on top but it was too little too late.

We didn’t do all the things that we’re good at. We spoke about doing the right things two minutes before we started the game – about playing in the right areas, being compact, playing in their half, winning headers and winning duels. It took about half an hour for us to do any of that. We did it in the second-half and we looked like a good team. That’s us when we’re at it like that.

We nearly pulled it out the bag in the end because we were doing all of that. We’re more than capable of it. It’s an opportunity missed.

That’s what I said to the lads at half-time – these games are opportunities to get in the team and stay in the team. You have to take them because there’s competition for places and there might be more further down the line. If you serve up what I saw in the first-half, you could be out the team, you might not get back in it.

There’s a lot of football to play. We’ve got a great opportunity to do something as a group, I want them to use nights like tonight to kick us on.

ON RYAN MCLEAN…

You need to keep something back on your bench to make that impact. That’s two games running now that he’s come on and impacted it. It’s frustrating that it takes one of our smaller players to be aggressive and pop up with a goal after we had eight corners. He’s given me a lot to think about.

ON FURTHER TRANSFER BUSINESS…

We know what we want to bring in. We know who our targets are. We’re working hard – myself, Craig Cope and Terry Skiverton – to get the ones that we want. We’ll be working all of tomorrow and all of Thursday until the window shuts. If we get it right we’ll have the opportunity to come out and attack the rest of the season. We don’t want to fall away.

Johnnie also confirmed that Joe Lewis was withdrawn in the first-half through injury, however it is too early to determine the extent/severity of it.

PETERBOROUGH PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)


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