Wimbledon coach admits his relief

AFC Wimbledon celebrate. Picture: Joe PeplerAFC Wimbledon celebrate. Picture: Joe Pepler
AFC Wimbledon celebrate. Picture: Joe Pepler
AFC Wimbledon coach Simon Bassey thought his side's romp over Pompey could have gone either way.

The Dons blew the Blues away on the way to a 4-0 success at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

Two Andy Frampton goals and efforts from Sammy Moore and Michael Smith did the damage.

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But Bassey felt Pompey could easily have pulled themselves back into the game with the score at 1-0.

That was seen when Andy Barcham hit the post before Frampton grabbed his side’s second goal.

Bassey said: ‘It was a great performance.

‘I felt we lost our way a little bit in the second half and it could’ve gone either way at one point. We’ve had those all year, though.

‘We had one at Fleetwood where Ross Worner made a good save and then we went up the other end and scored.’

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Bassey was pleased to see his side get out of their habit of conceding the first goal in games.

And he is hoping back-to-back wins – after their success over Rochdale – will be the catalyst for a run of results after a poor period.

He said: ‘We’ve worked really hard on the training ground and have become resolute.

‘When we had our little wobble we stuck at it and it was really pleasing.

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‘Key moments change games. We talk to them about not letting one mistake lead to another. If someone does make a mistake we rectify that.

‘It is a new team and now we have stopped conceding the first goal.

‘I think that is massive at this level. When you concede the first goal you give yourself an uphill task.

‘We scored first and in the middle of the second half we stuck together. We dug in and came through that sticky spell when they were putting pressure on.

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‘We ended up getting some great goals and it has ended up being an emphatic win.

‘Hopefully, there will now be consistency to come because I think that the squad is starting to gel together.’