Ertl praises Webster own-goal response

Adam Webster scored an own goal at MK Dons   Picture: Sarah Standing
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Johnny Ertl believes Adam Webster’s response to his own-goal agony on Saturday proves he has a bright future in the game.

The rookie defender accidentally kneed the ball past Mikkel Andersen in the 39th minute against the MK Dons.

It marked a precious lifeline for the hosts, who went on to complete a comeback from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw.

Yet Ertl was impressed at the way a clearly-upset Webster handled himself after that own-goal blow.

The teenager knuckled down to play a key role in fending off the Dons’ attacks during a difficult second half for Michael Appleton’s men.

And his experienced team-mate was full of praise.

Ertl said: ‘Own goals happen in football, it’s just unfortunate, but Adam did very well.

‘It is about your reaction if you score an own goal and I think he was superb. You should always look at how you cope with a situation like that.

‘Afterwards he did very well, kept the player he was marking quiet and helped the team get a point. You cannot question his reaction to that incident.

‘But over the past couple of weeks Adam has done brilliantly. He’s a young lad and a really good player.

‘I like the fact he is right and left footed. He can play both sides of the defence and has shown himself to be really, really good in both positions.

‘If he keeps on going and if he is professional he will keep on improving. There are so many players around with experience and, already, he is taking things on board and being smart as well.

‘I really do like him as a player and a team-mate.’