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AWFORD: NOT CREATIVE ENOUGH

21 March 2015

Boss unhappy with lack of chances against Dons

It was a game short on quality and with few clear-cut chances at either end of the pitch.

AFC Wimbledon claimed all three points when Craig Tanner’s sixth-minute strike went in off Ben Chorley.

Pompey tried their hardest to get something from the contest and ended up with four strikers on the pitch.

But Andy Awford was disappointed that they were rarely able to test Dons keeper Ross Worner.

The Blues boss said: “It was a game that we felt we could take points from, so we’re disappointed with the result.

“We conceded two sloppy goals the other night and we’ve let another sloppy one in. It’s one we should have prevented.

“That gave them something to hold on to, while if it had been 0-0 they would have had to come out a bit more.

“The first half was very open, but Paul Jones didn’t have too much to do and neither did their keeper. I told the players after the game that we have to better in that sense.

“In terms of the amount of possession that we had, we’re disappointed with the number of chances that we’ve created.

“We made a lot of changes in the second half to get attack-minded players out onto the pitch, but it just wasn’t to be.

“I’m not sure that we deserved to lose the game, but we didn’t deserve to win it either.”

Awford handed debuts to both Nyron Nosworthy and Cole Kpekawa after the duo arrived on loan from Blackpool and QPR respectively.

Awford said: “Nyron hasn’t played for a while, but he looked solid enough and will get stronger the more he plays.

“The lads only arrived on the Thursday afternoon and you can’t do much work with them in one training session.

“Hopefully we can have a good week with them and then go again when we face Shrewsbury next Saturday.”

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