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Reaction: Duff on AFC Wimbledon

1 February 2022


Reaction: Duff on AFC Wimbledon

1 February 2022

After seeing his team surrender a late lead at AFC Wimbledon, boss Michael Duff has called for his players to take more responsibility when they are in winning situations.

Too many times this season the Robins chief believes his players have not finished off games as they should having led.

Aaron Cosgrave was the latest player to deny Cheltenham victory when he struck late on to earn Wimbledon a draw, and Duff says his players need to stop hoping they are going to win games, and instead make it happen by their actions on the pitch.

"I think the two goals are really poor, but we need to do more," he said.

"We need to do more in the second half. Ultimately we've had a shot and it's deflected straight into the lads path and they've scored from a lucky corner ricochet that's dropped straight to their lad.

"That's where we are a little bit in terms of luck. But we take the lead and we stop doing what we do.

"I just said to the players we need to start learning to take responsibility. Stop hoping you're going to win a game.

"I think in the 12 [winless] games we've taken the lead nine times. A poor team doesn't take the lead nine times in games. So stop hoping you're going to win, stick to what we ask them to do, take responsibility, and they'll be alright."

Watch the interview above on iFollow and it's also available on the EFL iFollow app.

There's no game this weekend, next up on Tuesday 8 February it's the visit of Sunderland to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Buy your tickets for that game online or from the ticket office.

Remember the upcoming home matches against Fleetwood Town, Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers have been designated as Kids for a Quid matches too.

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