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Jim Bentley's Post-Match Reaction - AFC Wimbledon

23 October 2022

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Jim Bentley's Post-Match Reaction - AFC Wimbledon

23 October 2022

Manager Jim Bentley on Dale’s 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon…

“We started really well and had a couple of good chances to score and we’ve had a well-worked corner routine where we’ve got in and nearly scored as well and you’re thinking great. We’ve set a tempo and we’ve got up to a speed that we expect straight away and then five/ten minutes in, it just started fizzling out,” said the gaffer.

“Fair play to Wimbledon, they’ve come and they’ve changed their shape. We’ve worked Thursday and Friday - with us having a game on Tuesday - on them playing with a back three and they’ve changed that. They’ve made a couple of personnel changes and it’s just become a scrappy game. It was quite dour, we never gave the fans anything to cheer about or get behind. I always say about the players getting the fans up and at it and that’s what we did in the second half. We played with a little bit more tempo and a little bit more endeavour. But the first half - I’ll give every credit to the players, they’ve excited and gone amongst teams and played with a purpose - but today you only need to come a couple of percentage below what you’d expect and you get found out. 

“It became a scrappy game. Wimbledon came with a plan - [Harry] Pell pushed further forward and caused us problems and they got the dark arts spot on like any team away from home who if they can waste time they will do. That’s part and parcel of the game and down to the referee to nip in the bud. 

“But, again, really disappointed with the goal. It’s very similar to the area where we conceded a throw in against Doncaster - there wasn’t enough communication. We’ve just looked at it back - Alex Woodyard’s been out for six months and he’s just by passed our midfielders as if they’re not there and plays a one two, and to be fair we get a good block on it, but we haven’t reacted to the second ball and he lad has gone through and put it over Rich [O’Donnell] and into the goal. When it is a tight game, you’ve got to do all you can defensively to keep it at zero, which we should have, and hopefully along the line something will burst into life and that momentum suddenly comes back. 

“We’re not always going to play well, I’ve said that. We’ve come into to a team that are bottom of the league - they’re down, they’re feeling sorry for themselves, morale is low, there was no real intensity of purpose about us, and suddenly we’ve picked up so every credit to them, but you’re just hoping it can continue. Whether Tuesday’s game took it out of us - they’ve [AFC Wimbledon] had a free week as they didn’t play on Tuesday - I thought a couple of players today looked a little bit leggy from the standards that they’ve set, so we’ll have to identify that. We’ve obviously missed a couple of players who have done really well for us. That’s no disrespect for the players who are coming in either - Tyrese [Sinclair] was one of those and he was a positive.

“It’s important that we keep calm. It’s not the result that we wanted and we’ll look over it. It’s 20 minutes since the whistle has gone - it could be very easy to rant and rave, but I think now is the time for a little bit of composure and calmness and we’ll pick the bones out of it and see where we can improve, but it has been a bad day for us.”

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