GARETH Ainsworth was quite literally left speechless after shouting over the noise of the Wanderers fans on Saturday - but assistant boss Richard Dobson said their support was key to securing a point at AFC Wimbledon.
The Wanderers chief was unable to do his usual post match interviews after losing his voice bellowing instructions above the noise made by the 764 travelling supporters.
A low-slung roof on the Kingsmeadow terrace amplified their singing and Dobson, who stepped in to cover for Ainsworth at the press conference, said the atmosphere the Blues fans created was vital as their side managed to steal a point from a 2-2 draw.
He said: "They were terrific. Our fans have always been terrific this season, they've always got behind us when we've been struggling and I think today epitomised their passion for the club.
"They didn't stop singing, there was a great turnout and I think they probably helped us get something out of the game ultimately.
"It was easy to be upset at half time but they got behind us, kept us moving forward and were positive."
He added: "That's the reason why Gaz can't do the press today - he can't speak, he's been trying to outshout 700-odd fans so he's lost his voice."