Dobson happy with a point for below-par Blues

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RICHARD Dobson said Wanderers switched off after thinking they were on easy street by taking an early lead at AFC Wimbledon.

Jo Kuffour’s second goal in as many games gave Blues the lead inside ten minutes but from there until the break it was the struggling Dons who dominated possession.

By half time Wimbledon were deservedly in front and Dobson said that was down to Wanderers not playing their usual game.

The assistant manager – on post match press duty after boss Gareth Ainsworth lost his voice shouting at his players – said: “We didn’t play well enough. After the first goal we took our foot off the pedal.

“Sometimes when you score early you think it’s going to be easier than it actually was, but credit to Wimbledon – they came back into the game and put us under pressure. We weathered the storm first five minutes of the second half and fortunately got a goal back.

“It’s a mentality thing. Sometimes when you score early you think the game’s won and the opposition will be on the back foot, but they didn’t do that. They kicked on and gained in confidence as the game grew and put us under pressure.

“The warning signs were there for us – we didn’t see them early enough and before you knew it we were chasing the game.

“We didn’t do as well as we normally do in terms of our battling qualities. We look to pick up second balls and play decent balls into people in good areas. We weren’t sharp enough to the second ball.

“I’m happy to take a point – it’s a point gained.”

It was a game Wanderers might have gone on to lose had they visited Kingsmeadow earlier in the same, before Ainsworth instilled a never say die attitude into the squad.

Dobson said: “We’ve picked up points from poor positions and sometimes it’s about getting it right from the wrong positions, and we were in the wrong position today and managed to get something out of it.

“We’ve got to give a little bit of credit to our lads but it’s a disappointed dressing room because they know they didn’t play to their potential today.”

The match turned on substitutions made by both sides, as Wimbledon’s two goal striker Paul McCallum was withdrawn with the Wombles well on top, and Blues introducing Matt McClure and Bruno Andrade from the bench.

QPR loanee Andrade caused numerous headaches for the home defence and McClure punished the Dons for missed chances with an instinctive equaliser from the edge of the box for his eighth goal of the season.

Dobson said: “We needed something to freshen things up. We were lacking ideas at that stage and we felt those two might come on and do something.

“Matty’s always in with a sniff of getting a goal and once again he’s pounced at the right time and rescued something for us.”

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