Johnnie Jackson pleased to put an end to AFC Wimbledon’s losing run

Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2023 by PA

Johnnie Jackson pleased to put an end to AFC Wimbledon’s losing run

AFC Wimbledon manager Johnnie Jackson was pleased to see his side end a run of four successive defeats as they drew 1-1 at Newport.

But the Dons are now winless in nine games and Jackson was disappointed to be pegged back after Ali Al-Hamadi had given them a fifth-minute lead at Rodney Parade.

The Iraqi front man was allowed far too much time to control Chris Gunter’s cross from the right and slot past Joe Day.

The hosts were unable to get going during the first hour but a triple substitution midway through the second half helped them back into the contest.

And the changes paid off in the 69th minute as the Dons failed to clear an Aaron Lewis corner and Harry Charsley slammed it home from 15 yards out.

“It was a hard-earned point,” said Jackson. “I thought we were outstanding in the first half. We scored a really good goal, it was really well worked and Ali took it extremely well.

“We knew they’d come out in the second half and they made four or five changes, which gave them a bit of momentum in the game.

“They’ve got long throw-ins and corners that piled a little bit of pressure on.

“We dealt with 95 per cent of those brilliantly but, the one that we didn’t deal with we got punished and we have to settle for a point. That’s the least we deserved.”

Wimbledon drop to 16th in the League Two table. County remain 18th but they are now 11 points clear of the bottom two after coming from behind to draw 1-1 for the third successive match.

Assistant manager Joe Dunne admitted that they were second best before the break but he was once again delighted by the resilience that the players showed to fight back.

“We tweaked it a little bit at half time and spoke to them about a little bit more desire,” said Dunne, Graham Coughlan’s number two.

“We were off it quite badly in the first half, we couldn’t get anything going.

“Great credit to the team coming back again, but we don’t like to be in that situation too often.

“It’s another set play, which is part and parcel of the game, and we were much better in the second half,” added Dunne.

“But, based on our first-half performance, I believe it’s a point gained tonight.

“There were a few tired bodies and the game just passed us by in the first half.”


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