Wycombe: The Opposition View
Following last night's 4-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup, here are some views from The Dons' manager, their goalscorer, and a few of their fans.
Wimbledon Manager Terry Brown told The Wimbledon Guardian: 'We looked very naïve. That is not down to the players but it is down to the way I set them up. We tried to play football from the start and it cost us dearly. I'm disappointed that they didn`t have to do much to score, it wasn't as though there were 15 passes cutting us open, they were very simple and very effective and we could learn a lot from that.'
Brown went on to say: 'We didn't earn the right to play and got done by straight balls into their forwards and midfield players. The goals we gave away I would not want to watch again because they were defensively very naive. We just couldn't come to terms with the boy Harrold, I thought he was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch.'
Dons' scorer Sam Hatton also spoke to the Guardian: 'Yes I got the goal but it didn't mean anything. If I'd scored and we'd won then of course I would be happy, but as it is, it's not something I will remember. Wycombe had very good individuals and they played very well as a team. And it obviously helps if you have someone in your team getting a hat-trick!'
The Wimbledon fans were gracious in defeat.
The following comments are extracts from the Womble Underground Press:
'I am sure the Team will feel disappointed, but Wycombe were a class apart this evening, strong and pacy.'
'No complaints about the result tonight. Wycombe looked a powerful and well-organised team and we were second best all evening.'
Sam the Don wrote:
'Historic and in some ways still great night, but can't help feeling we ever so slightly let ourselves down at the back tonight.'
'We had our moment on TV, got the money, have learnt a few lessons from a big game and had a massive celebration when we scored. It was a bit like men against boys and you always felt Wycombe could just turn it on, but then that's why they are where they are.'
'Wycombe were very good, and everything I expected of them, let's face it guys, that is their full time job - their bread and butter... If they didn't beat us, they should seriously question their choice of career. They were a good 4 inches taller than us all over the pitch, a lot stronger and about 10% quicker... reckon they had more in the tank.'
Mikey T wrote:
'Wycombe were overall the better team, but we matched them in terms of effort, and all four goals would have been prevented with better defending/marking.... a definite case of what might have been.'
Arthur TwoSheds Jackson wrote:
'We were outpassed, outrun, outbattled, outplayed and out-thought by a professional team who looked like they had much more in the tank.'
'I was stunned to see a Peter Taylor team press on and score more goals having gone in front - so unlike him.'
'Wycome are a good side. I can see one or two of their players moving on to bigger clubs especially their goalkeeper.'
'Have we played against a better player than Matt Harrold since re-forming? I can't think of any. He was awesome.'
One Dons fan has good hearing:
'It was a good crowd......Shame Wycombe fans out sung us. Definitely due to the fact all our singers were scattered around the ground.'
Others perhaps don't:
' It was a fantastic occasion and a decent atmosphere (were Wycombe even there?!).'
' In regards to the Wycombe fans... didn't notice them until after each one of their goals.'
'Afc Wimbledon showed the world tonight we have the best and loudest fans for any crowd I've seen or heard ever.'
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